O'Reilly, C, Morrow, PJ and Bustard, DW (2003) Lightweight Prevention of Architectural Erosion. In: International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE 2003), Helsinki, Finland. IEEE Computer Society. 6 pp. [Conference contribution]
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Avoiding architectural erosion helps extend the lifetime of an evolving software system Erosion can be reduced by ensuring that (i) developers share a good understanding of a system's architecture; (ii) alignment is preserved between the architectural description and its implementation at all stages of system construction and maintenance; and (iii) architectural changes are treated with the same care and attention as the production of the initial design. Through the metaphor of 'agile development' this paper presents a lightweight approach to the control of architectural erosion. In particular, it covers the representation of an architectural description and the management of alignment between description and implementation during system evolution. A prototype support tool, ArchAngel, is introduced. This maintains an architectural design description, identifies when changes occur with respect to that description, and reports these changes for evaluation.
|Item Type:||Conference contribution (Paper)|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Computing & Engineering|
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Computer Science Research Institute|
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
|Deposited By:||Professor Philip Morrow|
|Deposited On:||04 May 2010 09:45|
|Last Modified:||04 May 2010 09:45|
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