Term Paper: Reverse Engineering it Is Impossible

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[. . .] But, for this information to be useful, it is necessary to know what motivated the requirements of the existing system to determine what needs to be retained from the existing system to meet new requirements (Rayson, Garside and Sawyer). Therefore, in addition to reverse engineering, the requirements engineer must use whatever information resources are available to construct conceptual models of the pre-change organization and its business processes and from these derive the requirements of the legacy software. This typically entails an iterative process of inferring stakeholders, roles, tasks and business objects and verifying these against the structure and behavior of legacy ftware.


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Muller, H.A., Wong, K. And Tilley, S.R. Understanding software systems using reverse engineering technology. Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria. Retrieved February 15, 2005 from Web site: http://www.utdallas.edu/~yxq014100/group/paper/visual-sw-arch/understanding-software-systems-using-reverse-engineering-technology.pdf

Rayson, P, Garside, R. And Sawyer, P. Recovering legacy requirements. Computing Department, Lancaster University. Retrieved February 15, 2005 from Web site: hl=en

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