CS 392F Automated Software Design


Professor Don Batory batory@cs.utexas.edu
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Prerequisites, Overview, and Goals

This course explores leading edge paradigms for automated software design and software modularity from advances in:

A spectacular example of the integration of these areas was realized thirty-five years ago: relational query optimization (RQO). A relational query is specified in SQL, a parser maps it to an inefficient relational algebra expression, a query optimizer optimizes the expression automatically, and an efficient query evaluation program is generated from the optimized expression. SQL is a prototypical declarative DSL. Query evaluation programs are specified as compositions of relational algebra operations; relational algebra is a prototype for compositional programming. Query optimizers achieve automatic programming by rewriting an inefficient expression/program to a semantically equivalent but more efficient expression/program. The cost models that drive expression optimization are examples of program analysis. Mapping a relational algebra expression to an efficient program is generative programming and is an elementary example of model driven engineering.

A "holy grail" of Software Engineering is to replicate the success of RQO in other domains. Feature Oriented Software Development is a generalization, and its ideas are at the confluence next-generation research topics in software modularity, program design and program synthesis: OO design, product-lines, program refactoring, model driven engineering, program evolution, and program transformations.

Prior offerings of this course lead to student publications and research degrees (M.Sc. and Ph.D). Some publications -- not all -- are listed below, the most recent listed last.

 Programming Assignments

All programming assignments will use Java or Prolog. You can pick up what you need in Prolog, if you are unfamiliar with Prolog. We will use the following software, all of which is free to UTCS students, and all of which has been installed in the UTCS public labs.  The following is for Windows Platforms.  If you use Apple machines, well, I will try to help as much as I can, but no promises!

Course Prerequisites

Basic familiarity with the following topics are assumed -- all that is needed will be covered, but some prior experience will help greatly:

As mentioned above, Prolog will be used in assignments. I expect that you'll pick up what you need.

Lecture Notes and Texts

Lecture notes will be presented online (after the lecture) as downloadable PPTX files.  Links to the lectures are given below in the Course Outline. There is a required text for this course:

This text is now available as a kindle ebook from Amazon. The University Co-op will have new and used copies of this text.  Here's a link to which you can find various sites at which you can order this text --- just click on "Begin Price Comparison".

            Hint: I’m not impressed with today’s ebooks.  They are just as expensive as hard copies, and I am unimpressed with ebook software.  Your call.

Class Grades, Projects, and Homework

Final grades will be determined approximately by the following scheme:

  1. Your accumulative programming assignment grade will determine the maximum final grade for the course.  Ex: if you get a "B" average across all of your projects, your final grade will be no greater than a "B".
  2. Final counts 35%; midterm counts 35%; classroom participation 15%; and class presentation counts 15%.

Each group of students will complete an approved project by the end of the class.  A classroom presentation on every project is expected.  Details on the projects will be announced later.

All programming projects are to be submitted through Canvas.  A PDF file must be included on all assignments -- it lists your name and email addresses that are hyperlinked so that I can easily send my comments of your assignment back to you.

Extenuating Circumstances

If you have difficulty meeting the requirements of this course, fail to hand in an assignment, or miss an exam because of extenuating circumstances, please advise the instructor in writing at the earliest possible date so that your situation can be discussed. If you encounter an unexpected medical or family emergency or a random act of Nature that causes you to miss the due date for homework or miss a quiz or exam, you must present suitable documentation in writing to the instructor before special consideration will be given. A file of all written correspondence will be kept by the instructor and decisions regarding them will be made at the end of the semester.


Numbers in [brackets] indicates the estimated number of lectures on a topic. The number indicated is a lower-bound, as there will be class room discussions to work on problems and review of homework assignments. Papers that are listed below are required readings and are accessible via a web link.  The order in which topics are presented might be changed as the class progresses.

The syllabus on the first day of class is here (as I do modify this page as the course progresses).

[# of lectures + days of discussion]



Precourse Survey

Introduction to Model Driven Engineering  [4] 

  1. UML class diagrams, MDE models and metamodels, model-2-text transformations
  2. Metamodel constraints, OCL, model-to-model transformations, ATLAS, prolog
  3. Bootstrapping MDE tools


Software Product Lines and Feature Models [3] 

  1. Feature models, attribute grammars, propositional formulas, SAT solvers
  2. Feature model analyses, reasoning about edits
  3. Next generation feature models, feature replication, multi product lines


Feature Modularity [3] 

  • Layered designs, OO virtual machines, collaborations, extensions, mixins, mixin-layers
  • FOSD, principles of uniformity and scalability, generalized modularity, composition



Refactorings  [4] 

  • Review of Refactorings
  • Review of Design Patterns
  • Reflective Refactoring



Design By Transformation [3] 

  • Map reduce, Liskov and Perry substitution principles, refinement, optimization, correct-by-construction
  • Parallel architectures, product lines of streaming applications
  • Product lines of streaming applications


  • Modeling in Event-B (1st 2 chapters)


Categories [4]

score card for categories

  • Domains, instances, arrows and MDE
  • Pragmatics, inheritance, SPLs, functors, examples, commuting diagrams
  • Products, product families, products of categories, pushouts
  • Applications: portlet synthesis, geodesics, lifting, homomorphisms, test generation




Aspect Oriented Programming [1]
  • pointcuts, advice, event-based programming, feature-extensions of interpreters

Review [1]