Problem Domain Oriented Approach for Program Comprehension

Authors Maria João Varanda Pereira, Mario Marcelo Beron, Daniela da Cruz, Nuno Oliveira, Pedro Rangel Henriques

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Maria João Varanda Pereira
Mario Marcelo Beron
Daniela da Cruz
Nuno Oliveira
Pedro Rangel Henriques

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Maria João Varanda Pereira, Mario Marcelo Beron, Daniela da Cruz, Nuno Oliveira, and Pedro Rangel Henriques. Problem Domain Oriented Approach for Program Comprehension. In 1st Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies. Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 21, pp. 91-105, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2012)


This paper is concerned with an ontology driven approach for Program Comprehension that starts picking up concepts from the problem domain ontology, analyzing source code and, after locating problem concepts in the code, goes up and links them to the programming language ontology. Different location techniques are used to search for concepts embedded in comments, in the code (identifier names and execution traces), and in string-literals associated with I/O statements. The expected result is a mapping between problem domain concepts and code slices. This mapping can be visualized using graph-based approaches like, for instance, navigation facilities through a System Dependency Graph. The paper also describes a PCTool suite, Quixote, that implements the approach proposed.
  • Program Comprehension
  • Ontology-based SW development
  • Problem and Program domain mapping
  • Code Analysis. Software Visualization


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