Database Reverse Engineering - A Case Study

Jean-Luc Hainaut, Didier Roland, Vincent Englebert, Jean-Marc Hick, Jean Henrard

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This paper presents a generic methodology for database reverse engineering comprising two main steps, namely Data structure extraction and Data structure conceptualization. The first process tries to elicit the physical data structures of the database, while the second one tries to recover the semantics of these structures. This methodology is illustrated by a small, but non-trivial, example through which a set of COBOL files is transformed into a relational database.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActes du 2ème Forum International d'Informatique Appliquée
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • methodology
  • CASE tool
  • reverse engineering
  • database


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