Technology of Object-Oriented Languages, International Conference on (1999)
Nov. 22, 1999 to Nov. 25, 1999
Michael Christensen , University of Aarhus
Christian Heide Damm , University of Aarhus
Klaus Marius Hansen , University of Aarhus
Elmer Sandvad , University of Aarhus
Michael Thomsen , University of Aarhus
With special focus on software architectural issues, we report from the first two major phases of a software development project. Our experience suggests that explicit focus on software architecture in these phases was an important key to success. More specifically: Demands for stability, flexibility and proper work organization in an initial prototyping phase of a project are facilitated by having an explicit architecture. However, the architecture should also allow for certain degrees of freedom for experimentation. Furthermore, in a following evolutionary development phase, architectural redesign is necessary and should be firmly based on experience gained from working within the prototype architecture. Finally, to get it right, the architecture needs to be prototyped, or iterated upon, throughout evolutionary development cycles. In this architectural prototyping process, we address the difficult issue of identifying and evolving functional components in the architecture and point to an architectural strategy - a set of architectures, their context and evolution - that was helpful in this respect.
Software architecture, software engineering, experimental prototyping, evolutionary development, architecture evolution and refactoring, multi-perspective application development
M. Thomsen, M. Christensen, C. H. Damm, E. Sandvad and K. M. Hansen, "Design and Evolution of Software Architecture in Practice," Proceedings Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems. TOOLS 31(TOOLS), Nanjing, China, 1999, pp. 2.