SDE: Software Design and Evolution

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Course:21045 (Fall Semester 2014)
Lecturers:Oscar Nierstrasz and Mircea F. Lungu
Assistants:Nevena Milojković, Haidar Osman
Lectures:Wednesdays @ 10h15-12h00
Exercises:Wednesdays @ 12h00-13h00
Place:Engehaldestrasse 8, 003


Real software systems continuously evolve over time. Statically‐typed programming languages, however, provide few mechanisms to enable software evolution. In this course we will explore mechanisms and techniques provided by dynamic programming languages, in particular Smalltalk, which facilitate both run‐time change, and long‐term evolution. We will also explore techniques used to analyze static models of software as well as running systems to support program comprehension, refactoring and reengineering. The course is based partly on two open‐source textbooks: Pharo by Example, and Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns.

Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand how to use meta-programming to design highly adaptive software systems
  • Be able to use state-of-the art static analysis to automatically uncover problems in software
  • Deploy dynamic analysis to examine and optimize existing source code
  • Be familiar with state-of-the-art technologies for reverse- and reengineering
  • Data-mine large repositories of software to build better programmer tools


1 17-Sep-14 Introduction to Software Design and Evolution
2 24-Sep-14 Smalltalk: A Reflective Language and System
3 1-Oct-14 Understanding Classes and Metaclasses
4 8-Oct-14 Reflection and Metaprogramming
5 15-Oct-14 Introduction to Reverse Engineering / Moose Lab
6 22-Oct-14 Architectural Extraction
7 29-Oct-14 Metrics and Problem Detection
8 5-Nov-14 Software Visualization / Roassal
9 12-Nov-14 Mining Software Repositories
10 19-Nov-14 Dynamic Analysis
11 26-Nov-14 Software Ecosystems
12 3-Dec-14 Model-Driven Development / Magritte
13 10-Dec-14 Presentations
14 17-Dec-14 Final exam
Last changed by scg on 16 September 2014