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COMP6209 Automated Code Generation

Module Overview

This module aims to cover the topic of production of code via automated means. This topic incorporates the different approaches to metaprogramming that are available in mainstream languages and also touches on issues such as automated generation of testing code and software product lines. The course is practical in nature and reasonable programming skills in Java and possibly also C++ are required. The module is optional but at least one out of this module and Automated Software Verification must be taken by MSc Software Engineering students.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • High-level concepts in code generation
  • Basic aspect-oriented programming concepts
  • Software Engineering practices for Software Product Lines
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply aspect-oriented programming techniques to your code base
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use a range of generative programming techniques in your software development
  • Use code generation techniques to facilitate automated testing

Syllabus

- Automated code generation concepts - Software product Lines - Programs as data structures - Template based metaprogramming - Quote based metaprogramming - Rewrite based code generation - Aspect oriented programming - Automated generation of testing code

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Follow-up work18
Completion of assessment task16.5
Wider reading or practice39.5
Tutorial12
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Revision10
Lecture36
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1.5 hours) 60%
Exercise 20%
Exercise 20%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Coursework 20%
Examination 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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