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Only add articles here that have been (co-)authored by members of the ERCIM Working Group.

Annual WG workshop proceedings

2011: Proceedings of the joint 12th international workshop on principles on software evolution and 7th ERCIM workshop on software evolution

2010: Proceedings of the Joint ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL) and International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE)


ERCIM News No.88 special theme on Evolving Software guest edited by Tom Mens (University of Mons, Belgium) and Jacques Klein (University of Luxembourg). Keynote by Joost Visser, Software Improvement Group

A. Cleve, T. Mens. IWPSE-EVOL 2010 – International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution. In ERCIM News 83, October 2010.

T. Mens. "Future Research Challenges in Software Evolution and Maintenance – Report from EC Expert Meeting". In ERCIM News 81, April 2010.

M. Wermelinger, P. Wernick. EVOL 2008 - Fourth International ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution and Evolvability. ERCIM News 76: 6, January 2009

T. Mens, L. Seinturier. Evol@Mons 2008 - Doctoral Research Seminar on Software Evolution. ERCIM News 73: 6, April 2008

T. Mens, K. Mens. EVOL 2007 - Third International ERCIM Symposium on Software Evolution. ERCIM News 72:11, January 2008

A. Bergel, S. Ducasse, and L. Renggli. Seaside — Advanced Composition and Control Flow for Dynamic Web Applications. In ERCIM News 72, January 2008.

T. Mens, J.-M. Favre, S. Sadou. ERCIM Working Group on Software Evolution spawns local chapters. ERCIM News 67:8, October 2006.

T. Mens, M. D'Hondt, L. Duchien. ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution. ERCIM News 66, July 2006.

T. Mens. Workshop on Challenges in Software Evolution. ERCIM News 62, 2005.

T. Mens. ERCIM Working Group on Software Evolution. ERCIM News 60: 9, January 2005.

O. Nierstrasz, S. Ducasse. Moose: A language-independent reengineering environment. ERCIM News 58: 24-25, July 2004.

T. Mens, K. Mens, T. Tourwé. Aspect-Oriented Software Evolution. ERCIM News 58: 36-37, July 2004.


Software evolution related books according to Google Books: [1]

T. Mens, S. Demeyer (Eds.). Software Evolution. Springer, 2008. ISBN 978-3-540-76439-7. DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-76440-3

A. April, A. Abran, Software Maintenance Management: Evaluation and Continuous Improvement. Wiley, 2008. ISBN 978-0470-14707-8.

N.H. Madhavji, J. Fernandez-Ramil, D. Perry, Software Evolution and Feedback: Theory and Practice. Wiley 2006. ISBN 0-470-87180-6

P. Grubb, A.A. Takang, Software Maintenance: Concepts and Practice. Second Edition, World Scientific, 2003. ISBN 981-238-425-1

S. Demeyer, S. Ducasse, O. Nierstrasz, Object Oriented Reengineering Patterns. World Scientific, 2002. ISBN 981-022826-0

M.M. Lehman, L.A. Belady, Program Evolution: Processes of Software Change. Academic Press, London, 1985. ISBN 0-12-442440-6. Free electronic edition

This seminal book on program evolution is currently out of print. With permission of the author and the publisher, we are pleased to offer you a scanned-in version of the book. It is a must-read, if only because it is one of the first books treating software evolution as a problem in its own right.

Book chapters

Indididual book chapters of the aforementioned Software Evolution book can be consulted here [2]

Chapters in other books

S. Ducasse, T. Gírba, M. Lanza,S. Demeyer, Moose: a Collaborative and Extensible Reengineering Environment. In Tools for Software Maintenance and Reengineering, pp. 55-71, Franco Angeli, 2005.

T. Mens, R. Van Der Straeten, J. Simmonds, A Framework for Managing Consistency of Evolving UML Models. In Software Evolution with UML and XML, pp. 1-31, Idea Group Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1591404630

Journal special issues

T. Mens, Y.-G. Guéhéneuc, J. Fernandez-Ramil, M. D'Hondt (Guest Editors). Software Evolution. IEEE Software. Vol 27, No 4, July/August 2010.

L. Coyle, M. Hinchey, B. Nuseibeh, J. L. Fiadeiro (Guest Editors). Evolving Critical Systems. IEEE Computer. Vol 43, No 5, May 2010.

A. Zaidman, A. Hamou-Lhadj, O. Greevy (Guest Editors). Special Issue on Program Comprehension through Dynamic Analysis. Journal on Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice, Volume 20 Issue 4, July/August 2008

R. Heckel, J.-M. Favre, T. Mens. Online Postproceedings of SETra 2006: International Workshop on Software Evolution Through Transformations . Electronic Communications of the EASST, Volume 3, 2006. ISSN 1863-2122 [3]

R. Heckel, T. Mens. Proceedings of the Workshop on Software Evolution through Transformations (SETra 2004) Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, Volume 127, Issue 3, Pages 1-217, Elsevier, 2005.

Journal articles


A. Cleve, T. Mens, J.-L. Hainaut. Data-Intensive System Evolution. IEEE Computer 43(8): 110-112, August 2010.

T. Mens, J. Magee, B. Rumpe. "Evolving software architecture descriptions of critical systems". IEEE Computer 43(5): 42-48, May 2010.


M. Wermelinger, P. Wernick, C. Bryce. Report on the 4th international ERCIM workshop on software evolution and evolvability (Evol '08). ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, 34(2): 25-27, March 2009.

B. Adams, K. De Schutter, A. Zaidman, S. Demeyer, H. Tromp, W. De Meuter. Using aspect orientation in legacy environments for reverse engineering using dynamic analysis - an industrial experience report. Journal of Systems and Software, 82(4):668-684.

S. Ducasse, T. Gîrba, A. Kuhn, andL. Renggli. Meta-Environment and Executable Meta-Language using Smalltalk: an Experience Report. In Journal of Software and Systems Modeling (SOSYM) 8(1) p. 5—19, February

A. Lienhard, S. Ducasse, and T. Gîrba. Taking an Object-Centric View on Dynamic Information with Object Flow Analysis. In Journal of Computer Languages, Systems and Structures 35(1) p. 63—79

A. Zaidman, B. Van Rompaey, S. Demeyer, A. van Deursen. Comparing the co-evolution of production and test code in open source and industrial developer test processes through repository mining. Int'l Journal on Software Testing, Verification and Reliability


P. Heymans, P.-Y. Schobbens, J.-C. Trigaux, Y. Bontemps, R. Matulevicius, and A. Classen. Evaluating formal properties of feature diagram languages. IET Software Journal, Special Issue on Language Engineering, 2(3):281–302, 2008.

Conference articles


A. Cleve, A. Capiluppi, N. Moha. Proceedings of the Joint ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL) and International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE), Antwerp, Belgium, September. ACM Digital Library.


A. Classen, A. Hubaux, P. Heymans. A formal semantics for multi-level staged configuration, Proc. Third International Workshop on Variability Modelling of Software-intensive Systems (VaMoS’09), Sevilla, Spain, January. University of Duisburg-Essen.

G. Saval, J. Pinna Puissant, P. Heymans, T. Mens. Some Challenges of Feature-based Merging of Class Diagrams, Proc. Third Workshop on Variability Modelling of Software-intensive Systems (VaMoS'09). Sevilla, Spain, January. University of Duisburg-Essen.

L. Renggli, M. Denker, and O. Nierstrasz. Language Boxes: Bending the Host Language with Modular Language Changes. In Software Language Engineering: Second International Conference, SLE 2009, Denver, Colorado, October 5-6, LNCS, Springer

D. Röthlisberger, O. Nierstrasz, S. Ducasse, D. Pollet, and R. Robbes. Supporting Task-oriented Navigation in IDEs with Configurable HeatMaps. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC 2009), p. 253—257, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA

D. Röthlisberger, O. Nierstrasz, and S. Ducasse. Autumn Leaves: Curing the Window Plague in IDEs. In Proceedings of the 16th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE 2009), p. 237—246, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA


S. Cook, K. Nakata, P. Wernick. European Laboratory for Software Evolution (ELSE): Vision Statement. Proc. ERCIM Int'l Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL 2008), L'Aquila, Italy, 2008

A. Classen, A. Hubaux, F. Sanen, E. Truyen, J. Vallejos, P. Costanza, W. De Meuter, P. Heymas, W. Joosen. Modelling Variability in Self-Adaptive systems: Towards a Research Agenda, Workshop on Modularization, Composition and Generative Techniques for Product Line Engineering (McGPLE'08), Nashville, Tennessee, USA, October 2008

A. Hubaux, P. Heymans, D. Benavides. Variability modelling challenges from the trenches of an open source product line re-engineering project. Proc. 12th Int'l Software Product Line Conf. (SPLC’08), 2008.

A. Hubaux, P. Heymans, H. Unphon. Separating Variability Concerns in a Product Line Re-Engineering Project. Proc. Int'l workshop on Early Aspects at AOSD, 2008.

A. Cleve, J.-L. Hainaut. Dynamic analysis of SQL statements for data-intensive applications reverse engineering. Proc. 15th Working Conf. Reverse Engineering (WCRE), pages 192–196. IEEE, 2008.

A. Cleve, J. Henrard, D. Roland, J.-L. Hainaut. Wrapper-based system evolution - application to codasyl to relational migration. Proc. 12th European Conf. Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR’08), pages 13–22. IEEE Computer Society, 2008.

A. Cleve, J. Lemaitre, J.-L. Hainaut, C. Mouchet, J. Henrard. The role of implicit schema constructs in data quality. In P. Missier, X. Lin, A. de Keijzer, and M. van Keulen, editors, Proc. 6th Int'l Workshop on Quality in Databases (QDB’08), pages 33–40, 2008.

J. Henrard, D. Roland, A. Cleve, J.-L. Hainaut. Large-scale data reengineering: Return from experience. Proc. 15th Working Conf. Reverse Engineering (WCRE’08), pages 305–308. IEEE Computer Society, 2008.

A. Kuhn, B. Van Rompaey, L. Haensenberger, O. Nierstrasz, S. Demeyer, M. Gaelli, K. Van Leemput. JExample: Exploiting Dependencies Between Tests to Improve Defect Localization. Proc. Int'l Conf. Agile Processes and eXtreme Programming in Software Engineering (XP 2008), pp. 73-82, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing 9, Springer, 2008

A. Zaidman, B. Van Rompaey, S. Demeyer, A. van Deursen. Mining Software Repositories to Study Co-Evolution of Production and Test Code. Proc. Int'l Conf. Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST 2008), pp. 220-229, IEEE Computer Society, 2008


S. Demeyer, Y.-G. Guéhéneuc, A. Keller, C. F. J. Lange, K. Mens, A. Kuhn, M. Kuhlemann. Object-Oriented Reengineering, Report on the Workshop WOOR'07 at ECOOP 2007 10th Anniversary Edition. In Object-Oriented Technology, ECOOP 2007 Workshop Reader, LNCS 4906, pp. 142-153, Springer, 2008


C. F. J. Lange, B. Du Bois, M. R. V. Chaudron, S. Demeyer. An experimental investigation of UML modeling conventions. Proc. Int'l Conf. Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MoDELS'06), LNCS 4199, pp. 27–41, Springer, 2006


O. Nierstrasz, S. Ducasse, S. Demeyer. Object-oriented reengineering patterns — an overview. Proc. Generative Programming and Component Engineering (GPCE’05), pp. 1–9, LNCS 3676, Springer, 2005.