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A rigorous approach to support the maintenance of large portable software

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1 Author(s)
Favre, Jean-Marie ; IMAG, Grenoble, France

Very often, portability of large software products is achieved via the empirical use of old tools like CPP, the preprocessor of the C language. Though powerful low level features like conditional compilation cause serious maintenance problems. There is a lack of adequate tools to support such activities. The paper presents our approach to this problem. We introduce APP, an abstract language semantically equivalent to CPP but based on traditional programming-in-the-small concepts. A rigorous description of the semantics of this language makes it possible to develop reliable reverse engineering tools

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Software Maintenance and Reengineering, 1997. EUROMICRO 97., First Euromicro Conference on

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17-19 Mar 1997