English translation: taking something apart in order to work out how it works and make your own
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English term or phrase:
taking something apart in order to work out how it works and make your own
Explanation: Reverse-Engineering with a Class Diagram
To reverse-engineer means to create a model from source. Reverse engineering can help you understand and navigate a large project. Java Studio Enterprise 7 analyzes all Java code in a project and generates a model from it. The reverse engineering feature enables Java source code to be reverse-engineered into a project that contains 100 percent of the code's structural information. This includes a hierarchical representation of classes, attributes, operations, and relationships.