AN INDUCTIVE METHOD FOR DISCOVERING DESIGN PATTERNS FROM OBJECT-ORIENTED SOFTWARE SYSTEMS
Melo, Walcelio L.
Basili, Victor R.
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Object-Oriented Design Patterns (OODPs) have been proposed as a technique to encapsulate design experience and aid in design reuse. However, so far, there is very little empirical evidence about what we can expect from this emergent technology. For instance, to date little research has focused on the development of techniques for discovering workable patterns that can be captured, formalized, packaged, and quantitatively evaluated. Our work is a step in this direction. In this paper we present an inductive method aimed at helping us discover OODPs in existing OO software systems. It encompasses a set of procedures rigorously defined in order to be repeatable and usable by practitioners who are not acquainted with reverse architecting processes. Guidelines are provided and a case study is shown that demonstrates the usefulness of the approach. (Also cross-referenced as UMIACS-TR-96-10)