Using XML for Software Structural Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-04-C-1048
Agency Tracking Number: N041-067-1049
Amount: $97,770.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-067
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 Chief Executive Officer
 (540) 951-5901
Business Contact
 Jonathan Shuster
Title: President
Phone: (540) 951-5910
Research Institution
Harmonia proposes a methodology to import legacy source code into a programming language independent XML representation through a process of rule-driven transformation. The project includes design of the Legacy Code & User Interface Markup Language (LCUIML), an extension of the User Interface Markup Language (UIML) at OASIS. (UIML is a canonical meta-language that permits user interface implementations to be described in a highly device-independent manner and rendered automatically to various target programming and markup languages.) The methodology is embodied in an Integrated Development Environment that can read legacy code; translate it into an equivalent XML representation; and then analyze the code structure to generate a UML model and metrics about the code, create specifications fitting the legacy code that can guide developers reimplementing the legacy code, generate new source code in a modern, object-oriented target programming language, generate a to-do list of items in the translation to new source code that must be resolved by a developer, and generate a change report from comparison of the current versions of source code to a past version. In addition, new algorithms can be directly represented in LCUIML, and retargeted in future years to whatever programming languages are invented.

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