Reverse engineering reusable software components from object-oriented APIs

Abstract : Object-oriented Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) support software reuse by providing pre-implemented functionalities. Due to the huge number of included classes, reusing and understanding large APIs is a complex task. Otherwise, software components are accepted to be more reusable and understandable entities than object-oriented ones. Thus, in this paper, we propose an approach for reengineering object-oriented APIs into component-based ones. We mine components as a group of classes based on the frequency they are used together and their ability to form a quality-centric component. To validate our approach, we experimented on 100 Java applications that used four APIs.
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Anas Shatnawi, Abdelhak-Djamel Seriai, Houari Sahraoui, Zakarea Al-Shara. Reverse engineering reusable software components from object-oriented APIs. Journal of Systems and Software, Elsevier, 2017, 131, pp.442-460. ⟨10.1016/j.jss.2016.06.101⟩. ⟨lirmm-01932852⟩

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