Reverse engineering of sequence diagrams from framework based web applications

Yuto Imazeki, Shingo Takada

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Abstract

The reverse engineering of Web application is very important, because although their maintenance is frequent, documentation is not always available due to a very short time-to-market. One approach to reverse engineering is the static approach, where source code is analyzed without executing it, resulting in models for all possible inputs. However in static analysis, it is difficult to extract scenarios, which are sequences of accessed Web pages and called methods that achieve a logic. We propose a static analysis method which leverages characteristics of a framework, specifically JBoss Seam Framework. We present a tool that automatically extracts scenarios from a Web application and generates sequence diagrams. Our tool uses framework specific programming model, notation, and definition file to realize page transition analysis, identification of logics and scenarios, and analysis of information kept between multiple pages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, SEA 2009
Pages202-209
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event13th IASTED International Conference on Software 13th IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, SEA 2009 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 2009 Nov 22009 Nov 4

Other

Other13th IASTED International Conference on Software 13th IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, SEA 2009
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period09/11/209/11/4

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Keywords

  • Framework
  • Reverse engineering
  • Sequence diagram
  • Web application

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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Imazeki, Y., & Takada, S. (2009). Reverse engineering of sequence diagrams from framework based web applications. In Proceedings of the 13th IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, SEA 2009 (pp. 202-209)