RM2PT: A tool for automated prototype generation from requirements model

Yilong Yang, Xiaoshan Li, Zhiming Liu, Wei Ke

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Abstract

Prototyping is an effective and efficient way of requirement validation to avoid introducing errors in the early stage of software development. However, manually developing a prototype of a software system requires additional efforts, which would increase the overall cost of software development. Based on our proposed approach, we develop RM2PT: a tool for generating prototypes from requirements models automatically. A requirements model consists of a use case diagram, a conceptual class diagram, system sequence diagrams for use cases, and the formal contracts of their system operations in OCL (Object Constraint Language). RM2PT can generate executable MVC (Model View Controller) prototypes from requirements models automatically. We evaluate the tool with four case studies. 93.65% of requirement specifications can be generated to the executable Java source code successfully, and only 6.35% are non-executable for our current provided generation algorithm such as sorting and event-call, which can be implemented by developers manually or invoking the APIs of advanced algorithms in Java library. The tool is efficient that the one second generated prototype of a case study requires approximate nine hours manual implementation by skilled programmers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion, ICSE-Companion 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages59-62
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117645
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
Event41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion, ICSE-Companion 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 25 May 201931 May 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion, ICSE-Companion 2019

Conference

Conference41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion, ICSE-Companion 2019
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period25/05/1931/05/19

Keywords

  • Code Generation
  • OCL
  • Prototype
  • Requirements Model
  • Requirements Validation
  • UML

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