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Cost-Effective Industrial Software Rejuvenation Using Domain-Specific Models

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Software maintenance consumes a significant and increasing proportion of industrial software engineering budgets, only to maintain the existing product functionality. This hinders the development of new innovative features with added value to customers. To make software development efforts more effective, legacy software needs to be rejuvenated into a substantial redesign. We show that partially-automated software rejuvenation is becoming feasible and cost-effective in industrial practice. We use domain-specific models that abstract from implementation details, and apply a pragmatic combination of manual and automated techniques. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach by the rejuvenation of legacy software of the Interventional X-ray machines developed by Philips Healthcare.


  • Graphical User Interface
  • Information Model
  • Legacy Model
  • Technical Debt
  • Legacy Software

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This research was supported by the Dutch national program COMMIT and carried out as part of the Allegio project. The authors thank Dirk Jan Swagerman for his trust in this endeavor, and Aron van Beurden and Martien van der Meij for their technical contributions to the software rejuvenation.

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Mooij, A.J., Eggen, G., Hooman, J., van Wezep, H. (2015). Cost-Effective Industrial Software Rejuvenation Using Domain-Specific Models. In: Kolovos, D., Wimmer, M. (eds) Theory and Practice of Model Transformations. ICMT 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 9152. Springer, Cham.

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