Contribution to a Theory of Database Reverse Engineering

Jean-Luc Hainaut, Muriel Chandelon, Catherine Tonneau, Michel Joris

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The paper proposes both a general framework and specific techniques for file and database reverse engineering, i.e. recovering its conceptual schema. The framework relies on a process/product model that matches formal as well as empirical design procedures. Based on the analysis of database design processes, two major phases are defined, namely Data structure extraction and Data structure conceptualization. For each of them, a set of activities is proposed. Most of these activities can be described as transformation and integration of specifications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. of the IEEE Working Conf. on Reverse Engineering
Place of PublicationBaltimore
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • database reverse engineering
  • database design


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