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Conceptual Module Querying for Software Reengineering
Elisa L. A. Baniassad and Gail C. Murphy

In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Engineering (Kyoto, Japan; 19--25 April 1998), IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 64--73, 1998.

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Many tools have been built to analyze source code. Most of these tools do not adequately support reengineering activities because they do not allow a software engineer to simultaneously perform queries about both the existing and the desired source structure.

This paper introduces the conceptual module approach that overcomes this limitation. A conceptual module is a set of lines of source that are treated as a logical unit. We show how the approach simplifies the gathering of source information for reengineering tasks, and describe how a tool to support the approach was built as a front-end to existing source analysis tools.

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