NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Friday, November 4, 2016

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Presentation | Room: Florentine III & IV

Automated Extraction of Business Rules and Models from Code

Presented by: Ira Baxter


Everybody talks about "business rules", and how to extract them from code.  The definitions vary wildly, and the procedure to extract them are largely informal.  This confuses everybody about the nature of business rules and what exactly happens as they are extracted.

This talk will be a synthesis of ideas from the program analysis, reverse engineering, model extraction and business rules extraction community.  We will discuss the concept of abstraction as a unifying principle that ties these ideas together in a coherent framework, showing how decision tables, BPEL-style notations, models and domain-specific languages are all variations on a theme.

We will discuss the kind of technology that is required to enable the analysis of code by tracing information flows from system inputs through code to system outputs, and reverse engineering from code idioms with interactive guidance of the process by a business rule analyst.  As a case study, we will discuss how we were able to extract reliable models of a factory control process from extremely low level code for Dow Chemical industrial plant controllers using pattern matching technology to recognize common code idioms and design choices.

Finally, we will discuss how this technology is likely to evolve for use in the broader business rule community.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • What are abstractions, and how are they related to business rules.
  • Show how computer code implements abstractions
  • Show how information flow and pattern matching can be used to support extraction of business rules and abstraction

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Dr. Ira Baxter

Dr. Ira Baxter, Ph.D.

Semantic Designs

Dr. Baxter has been building system software since 1969. After founding a microprocessor software house in the 1970s, he returned to graduate school at UC Irvine to study reuse of knowledge supporting software maintenance and evolution. On completing his Ph.D. in 1990,

He joined Schlumberger as research scientist automating the generation of supercomputer programs for oil field exploration. In 1995, he founded Semantic Designs, where he has been architect/implementer of the Design Maintenance System(R), providing automated program analysis and transformation to large-scale legacy systems.

He has been project lead on a variety of massive code migration and re-architecting projects, including work with Dow Chemical to automate the extraction of models from factory control code. Dr. Baxter has been active in Software Engineering and Maintenance and other conferences since 1983, including co-chairing of the International Conference on Software Maintenance.

Ira's 2016 Presentations:

  1. Automated Extraction of Business Rules and Models from Code
    Friday, November 4, 2016 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

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