Principles of Software Evolution, International Workshop on (2003)
Sept. 1, 2003 to Sept. 2, 2003
David Bustard , University of Ulster
Philip Morrow , University of Ulster
Ciaran O?Reilly , University of Ulster
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.
David Bustard, Philip Morrow, Ciaran O?Reilly, "Lightweight Prevention of Architectural Erosion", Principles of Software Evolution, International Workshop on, vol. 00, no. , pp. 59, 2003, doi:10.1109/IWPSE.2003.1231211