UNDERSTANDING OF HETEROGENEOUS MULTI-STAGE META-PROGRAMS
Keywords:Meta-program comprehension, multi-stage heterogeneous meta-program, reverse engineering, meta-program complexity
AbstractThe paper analyzes an approach to understand heterogeneous meta-programs and multi-stage meta-programs. At the core of the approach is human-centred analysis combined with the Brook’s program cognition theory and the concept of reverse engineering. The use of the approach leads to extracting of higher-level models (graphs representing meta-parameter—meta-function relationship models, feature diagrams and algorithms (processes)) from the correct meta-specifications. The models and processes enable not only to better understand the multi-stage heterogeneous meta-programs but also contribute to their evolution. The paper describes some properties of multi-stage heterogeneous meta-programs. The approach is supported by the case study and complexity evaluation.
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