Design Class Modeling vs Reverse Engineering

PART A DUE: 11:59PM, Friday 7 6 April 2018

PART B DUE: 11:59PM, Sunday 9 April 2018

10 points

Goal: This Discussion Assignment requires you to read about model generation from code (reverse engineering) and/or have some experience with tools such as Rational Softare Architect, Visual Paradigm, and Papyrus (open source), which generate class diagrams from code. Given source code, for example a set of Java files, the tools can generate a UML class diagram that represents the code.

I want you to understand the difference between design models created by developers to develop new implementations and the models generated from the code as one way to visualize and understand the code. While the two types of models have different utilities, they may also differ in terms of what information they contain.


  • Describe at least three problems that are likely to occur with the class models that are generated directly from code. What is it about the automatically generated models that will either be inaccurate or will not represent the intent of the designer?

  • Discuss this with the other members of your topic forum.

Part A

Part A consists of your initial suggestions to the group posted in the discussion group "D7".
This must be more than "Me, too!" or "Sounds good!"

Be sure to clearly state the reasons or rationale behind your suggestions.
If you have access to facts or other opinions that support your opinion, cite those references.

This part is worth 5 points.

Part B

Post responses to the initial postings. (3 points)
Prepare a final group posting. This posting should include descriptions of three or more problems that are likely to occur with the class models that are generated directly from code. (2 points)

If you include quotation or thoughts from other sources, be sure to cite them appropriately (author, title, publisher, page, etc.).
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