A Conceptualization of OO Evolution

  • Dalila Tamzalit
  • Mourad Oussalah
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2817)


We propose to characterize OO evolution according to its own features and independently from any language or model syntax. We outline the three dimensions of OO evolution that we consider as fundamental: the subject of evolution (the structure or the behavior of objects), the type of evolution (whether evolution is foreseeable or not) and the mechanism of evolution used to deal with object evolution (from class or instance toward classes or instances). After that, we focus only on the first part of the subject dimension, namely the object structure. We propose taxonomy on object structure (the node and the connection) and taxonomy on unary and binary evolution operations. Finally, we analyze according to these taxonomies and propose how to position any evolution strategy within the proposed repository.


Unary Operation Object Structure Object Evolution Source Structure Object Oriented Database 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Alhajj, R., Polat, F.: Rule-Based schema evolution in object-oriented databases. Knowledge Based Systems 16, 47–57 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Banerjee, J., Kim, W., Kim, H., Korth, H.F.: Semantics Implementation of Schema Evolution in Object-Oriented Databases. ACM, New York (1987)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Capponi, C.: Interactive class classification using types. In: Diday, E., Lechevallier, Y., Schader, M., Bertrand, P., Burtschy, B. (eds.), pp. 204–211. Springer, Berlin (1994)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Casais, E.: Managing Evolution in Object Oriented Environments: An Algorithmic Approach. phd Thesis – Geneva university (1991)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Clamen, S.M.: Schema Evolution and Integration. In: Proceedings of the Distributed and Parallel Databases conference, vol. 2, pp. 101–126. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston (1994)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Jacobson, I., Lindtröm, F.: Re-engineering of Old Systems to an Object-Oriented Architecture. In: Conference proceedings OOPSLA 1991 (1991)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Kim, W., Chou, H.T.: Versions of schema for object oriented databases. In: Proceedings of the 14th VLDB Conference, Los Angeles, Californie (1988)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Lerner B.S., Habermann A.N.: Beyond Schema Evolution to Database Reorganization. In: OOPSLA and ECOOP, Ottawa, Canada; ACM SIGPLAN Notices 25(10), 67-76 (1990) Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Meyer, B.: OO Software Construction I. Series in Computer Science. Prenctice Hall, Englewood Cliffs (1988)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Napoli, A.: Subsumption and Classification-Based Reasoning in OBR. In: Neumann, B. (ed.) Proc. 10th ECAI 1992, Vienna, Austria, pp. 425–429. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester (1992)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Penney, D.J., Stein, J.: Class modification in the GemStone OODBMS. In: OOPSLA 1987, vol. Vl22, pp. 111–117 (1987)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Pernici, B.: Objects with Roles. IEEE Conf. on Office IS 16(3), 417–438 (1991)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Rashid, A., Sawyer, P.: Towards Database Evolution – a taxonomy for OO Databases. Technical report CSEG/5/2000, Cooperative Systems Engineering GroupGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Rational Corporation, UML notation guide 1.1 (September 1997) Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Rechenman, F., Uvietta, P.: SHIRKA: an object-centered knowldege bases management system. In: Pavé, A., Vansteenkiste, G. (eds.) ALEAS, Lyon, France, pp. 9–23 (1989)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Stroustrup, B.: Le langage C++. International Thomson Publishing, France (1996)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    The Java web site,
  18. 18.
    Tamzalit, D., Oussalah, C.: How to Manage Evolution in OODB? In: 2000 ADBISDASFAA Symposium, Prague, République Tchèque, pp. 5–8 (September 2000)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Zdonik, S.B.: Object-Oriented Type Evolution. In: Bancilhon, F., Buneman, P. (eds.) Advances in Database Programming Languages, pp. 277–288. ACM Press, New York (1990)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Zicari, R.: A framework for schema updates in an object oriented database system. In: proc. Of the 7th Conf. On Data Engineering, Japan (1991)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dalila Tamzalit
    • 1
  • Mourad Oussalah
    • 1
  1. 1.IRINNantes cedex 03France

Personalised recommendations