PHENIX: methods and tools for database reverse engineering

Michel Joris, R. VAN HOE, Jean-Luc Hainaut, Muriel Chandelon, Catherine Tonneau, François Bodart

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The paper presents methodological principles concerning the problem of recovering the semantic structures of actual file and database of old and poorly documented applications. This problem, called Database Reverse Engineering, is related to the standard database design paradigm, revisited in order to explain and understand informal and empirical design behaviours. A general method is proposed, based on two major phases, namely data structure extraction and data structure conceptualization. An expert assistant has been implemented to help professionals to practice this method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. 5th Int. Conf. on Software Engineering and Applications
Place of PublicationToulouse
PublisherEC2 Publish
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • CASE tools
  • reverse engineering
  • AI techniques
  • database design


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