Data Exchange with the Columbus Schema for C++
Rudolf Ferenc and Árpád Beszédes
To successfully carry out a software maintenance or reengineering
task, a suitably assembled set of tools is required, which interoperate
seaminglessly. To achieve this goal, an exchange format is needed that can
be used to represent the facts extracted from a software system in a standardized
way; serving as an output of one tool and as an input for other tools. In
this paper we propose a modular schema for C++, called the Columbus Schema.
The schema has been implemented in the Columbus/CAN front end framework tool
and is already utilized in several usages, one of which is its representation
in the GXL form.
Keywords: Tool interoperability, standard exchange format, C++ schema, front
end, AST, Columbus/CAN, GXL