Creating the Legacy Analysis Workbency (LAW) Tool to Reuse Legacy Software by Universal Representation in XML and Code Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: B041-034-1496
Amount: $749,541.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-034
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2820, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 016442399
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anup Mathur
 CTO for Legacy Systems
 (540) 951-5900
 amathur@harmonia.com
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Title: VP, Marketing & Product M
Phone: (540) 951-5915
Email: psaboo@harmonia.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Reusing legacy software is a stumbling block that impedes cost-effective creation of new or updated software applications. This problem is squarely addressed here by a key innovation: rather than analyze legacy code from Ada, C++, FORTRAN, assembly, or other widely used languages directly, we represent the code and its operating environment in an XML model that is language independent and highly malleable. We build one powerful meta-tool to automate many steps in creating the model, analyzing it to identify code segments to reuse, surgically extract those portions, and export to new programming languages. The one meta-tool works across multiple programming languages. Harmonia, Inc. is creating this tool, called the Legacy Analysis Workbench. A user can visualize, search, browse, manipulate, and ask “what if” questions to navigate unfamiliar legacy code. Information gained during code analysis is aggregated into a knowledge base that permits inference about the code base, thereby establishing a permanent understanding of the code that outlasts the programmers working on the code. This approach reduces reuse cost today, and creates a cost-savings dividend years from now, because a library of XML models is easier to export to future programming languages than porting from the original and outdated programming languages.

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