An Evaluation of Reverse Engineering Capabilities of the TDE/Columbus system

Árpád Beszédes, Rudolf Ferenc, Tibor Gyimóthy, Ferenc Magyar, Gábor Márton and Mikko Tarkiainen
The reverse engineering capabilities of a software tool system are essential for the process of analyzing and understanding complex software systems during its maintenance, re-engineering and re-architecturing phases. There are several commercial reverse engineering tools on the market providing different capabilities. We evaluated the TDE/Columbus system in terms of reverse engineering issues. For the assessment criteria an existing evaluation work has been taken as the basis. Our evaluation results show that the subject system has some interesting features comparing to the existing reverse engineering tools on the market.