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An Extensible Meta-Model for Program Analysis

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4 Author(s)
Dennis Strein ; Omnicore Software, Karlsruhe ; Rüdiger Lincke ; Jonas Lundberg ; Welf Löwe

Software maintenance tools for program analysis and refactoring rely on a metamodel capturing the relevant properties of programs. However, what is considered relevant may change when the tools are extended with new analyses, refactorings, and new programming languages. This paper proposes a language independent metamodel and an architecture to construct instances thereof, which is extensible for new analyses, refactorings, and new front-ends of programming languages. Due to the loose coupling between analysis, refactoring, and front-end components, new components can be added independently and reuse existing ones. Two maintenance tools implementing the metamodel and the architecture, VIZZANALYZER and X-DEVELOP, serve as proof of concept.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 9 )