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A general model of software architecture design derived from five industrial approaches

Authors
Journal
Journal of Systems and Software
0164-1212
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
80
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2006.05.024
Keywords
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Architecture Design
  • Software Architecture Analysis
  • Architectural Method
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract We compare five industrial software architecture design methods and we extract from their commonalities a general software architecture design approach. Using this general approach, we compare across the five methods the artifacts and activities they use or recommend, and we pinpoint similarities and differences. Once we get beyond the great variance in terminology and description, we find that the five approaches have a lot in common and match more or less the “ideal” pattern we introduced. From the ideal pattern we derive an evaluation grid that can be used for further method comparisons.

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