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Evaluating the reverse engineering capabilities of Web tools for understanding site content and structure: a case study

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2 Author(s)
Tilley, S. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., California Univ., Riverside, CA, USA ; Shihong Huang

This paper describes an evaluation of the reverse engineering capabilities of three Web tools for understanding site content and structure. The evaluation is based on partitioning Web sites into three classes (static, interactive, and dynamic), and is structured using an existing reverse engineering environment framework (REEF). This case study also represents an initial evaluation of the applicability of the REEF in the related but qualitatively different domain of Web sites. The case study highlights several shortcomings of current Web tools in the context of aiding understanding to support evolution. For example, most Web tools are geared towards new page design and development, not to understanding detailed page content or overall site structure. The evaluation also identified some aspects of the REEF that might benefit from refinement to better reflect Web tool capabilities that support common evolution tasks. For example, Web server log file analysis as a specialized form of data gathering and subsequence information presentation.

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Software Engineering, 2001. ICSE 2001. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on

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12-19 May 2001