AuthorsM. U. Khan, M. Z. Iqbal and S. Ali
EditorsH. Müller
TitleA Heuristic-Based Approach to Refactor Crosscutting Behaviors in UML State Machines
AfilliationSoftware Engineering, Software Engineering
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2014
Conference Name30th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME)
PublisherIEEE Computer Society

UML state machines are commonly used to model the state-based behavior of communication and control systems to support various activities such as test cases and code generation. Standard UML state machines are well suited to model functional behavior; however extra-functional behavior such as robustness and security can also be directly modeled on them, but this often results in cluttered models since extra-functional behaviors are often crosscutting. Such modeling crosscutting behavior directly on UML state machines is a common practice. Aspect-Oriented Modeling (AOM) allows systematically modeling of crosscutting behavior and has shown to provide a scalable solution in the recent years. However, due to lack of familiarity of AOM in both academic and industry, extra-functional behavior is often modeled directly on UML state machines and as results those UML state machines are difficult to read and maintain. To improve the readability of already developed UML state machines and ease maintenance, we propose a set of heuristics, derived from two industrial cases studies, implemented in a tool to automatically identify commonly observed crosscutting behaviors in UML state machines and refactor them as Aspect State Machines. Such refactoring makes the state machines easier to maintain and comprehend. We present the results of applying our proposed heuristics to the existing UML state machines of two industrial case studies developed for model-based testing.

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