The paper focuses on evaluating and refactoring the conceptual schemas of Web applications. The authors introduce the notion of model clones, as partial conceptual schemas that are repeated within a broader application model and the notion of model smells, as certain blocks in the Web applications model, that imply the possibility of refactoring. A methodology is illustrated for detecting and evaluating the existence of potential model clones, in order to identify problems in an application’s conceptual schema by means of efficiency, consistency, usability and overall quality. The methodology can be deployed either in the process of designing an application or in the process of re-engineering it. Evaluation is performed according to a number of inspection steps. At first level the compositions used in the hypertext design are evaluated, followed by a second level evaluation concerning the manipulation and presentation of data to the user. Next, a number of metrics is defined to automate the detection and categorization of candidate model clones in order to facilitate potential model refactoring. Finally, the paper proposes a number of straightforward refactoring rules based on the categorization and discusses the aspects affecting the automation of the refactoring procedure.
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