SMA: Software Modeling and Analysis

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Course:(Fall Semester 2020)
Lecturers:Oscar Nierstrasz
Assistants:Pascal Gadient, Pooja Rani
Lectures:Wednesdays @ 10h15-12h00
Exercises:Wednesdays @ 12h00-13h00
Place:Engehaldestrasse 8, 003
Exam:2020-12-16 (written, 90 minutes)
Repetition:Fall Semester 2020


Real software systems continuously evolve over time. As they evolve, they become harder to understand and maintain. In this course we will explore techniques to model complex software systems and analyze them to support program comprehension and reengineering tasks. Most lectures will combine theoretical background and practical application of tools and techniques. A portion of this course will make heavy use of Smalltalk, a live programming environment that supports advanced reflection metaprogramming techniques. Some material is based on two open‐source textbooks: Pharo by Example, and Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns.

Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of this course, you will:

  • recognize the problems of legacy software
  • use reflection and metaprogramming techniques
  • extract software models from source code and other artifacts
  • apply software metrics to detect quality problems
  • visualize software to support program comprehension
  • apply basic static and dynamic analysis techniques

Schedule 2020 (To be updated)

Week Date Lecture
1 16-Sep-20 Introduction to Software Modeling and Analysis
2 23-Sep-20 Smalltalk: A Reflective Language and System
3 30-Sep-20 Understanding Classes and Metaclasses
4 7-Oct-20 Reflection and Metaprogramming
5 14-Oct-20 Moldable Software Exploration (Tudor Girba)
6 21-Oct-20 Software Metrics and Problem Detection; Moose (Andrei Chiş)
7 28-Oct-20 Static Program Analysis / Soot
8 4-Nov-20 TBA
9 11-Nov-20 TBA
10 18-Nov-20 TBA
11 25-Nov-20 TBA
12 2-Dec-20 TBA
13 9-Dec-20 TBA
14 16-Dec-20 Final exam (NB: Room E8-001)
Last changed by oscar on 13 August 2020