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Lightweight Prevention of Architectural Erosion

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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URL: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/IWPSE.2003.1231211

DOI: 10.1109/IWPSE.2003.1231211


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
ID Code:6873
Deposited By: Professor Philip Morrow
Deposited On:04 May 2010 08:45
Last Modified:24 Feb 2014 11:08

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