Multi-language re-documentation to support a COBOL to Java migration project

Authors Bernhard Dorninger
Michael Moser
Josef Pichler
Editors Martin Pinzger
Gabriele Bavota
Andrian Marcus
Title Multi-language re-documentation to support a COBOL to Java migration project
Booktitle Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE 24th International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER 2017)
Type in proceedings
ISBN 978-5090-5501-2
DOI 10.1109/SANER.2017.7884669
Month February
Year 2017
Pages 536-540
SCCH ID# 17001
Abstract

Software migration projects need precise and up-to-date documentation of the software system to be migrated. Missing or outdated documentation hampers the migration process and compromises the overall quality of the resulting new software system. Moreover, if documentation is missing in the first place and no additional effort is undertaken to document the new software system, future maintenance and evolution tasks are burdened right from the beginning. Therefore, we apply an automatic re-documentation approach that uses a single tool chain to generate documentation for the software to be migrated and the transformed software system. By this, we not only support an ongoing COBOL to Java migration project at one of our industry partners but as well create the foundations to continuously generate up-to-date documentation for the new software system.