MAGISTER: Quality Assurance of Magic Applications for Software Developers and End Users


Nowadays there are many tools and methods available for source code quality assurance based on static analysis, but most of these tools focus on traditional software development techniques with 3GL languages. Besides procedural languages, 4GL programming languages such as Magic 4GL and Progress are widely used for application development. All these languages lie outside the main scope of analysis techniques. In this paper we present MAGISTER, which is a quality assurance framework for applications being developed in Magic, a 4GL application development solution created by Magic Software Enterprises. MAGISTER extracts data using static analysis methods from applications being developed in different versions of Magic (v5-9 and uniPaaS). The extracted data (including metrics, rule violations and dependency relations) is presented to the user via a GUI so it can be queried and visualized for further analysis. It helps software developers, architects and managers through the full development cycle by performing continuous code scans and measurements.

Proceedings of the 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2010), Timişoara, Romania, Pages 1–6


    author    = {Nagy, Csaba and Vid{\'a}cs, L{\'a}szl{\'o} and Ferenc, Rudolf and Gyim{\'o}thy, Tibor and Kocsis, Ferenc and Kov\'acs, Istv\'an},
    title     = {{MAGISTER}: Quality Assurance of {M}agic Applications for Software Developers and End Users},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2010)},
    year      = {2010},
    pages     = {1--6},
    address   = {Timi\c{s}oara, Romania},
    month     = sep,
    publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
    note      = {Tool Demo},
    doi       = {10.1109/ICSM.2010.5609550},
    keywords  = {Magic 4GL, Reverse Engineering, Quality Assurance, Metrics, Static Analysis},
    url       = {},