An approach for integrated software architecture definition and validation

Authors Georg Buchgeher
Rainer Weinreich
Title An approach for integrated software architecture definition and validation
Booktitle Proceeding of the 3rd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA 2008)
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Department ISE
ISBN 978-0-7695-3372-8
Month October
Year 2008
Pages 427-436
SCCH ID# 802
Abstract

Many software projects suffer from problems related to non-existent, incomplete, inaccurate, or invalid architecture descriptions. The hypothesis underlying our approach is that architecture related activities, notations, and artifacts are not integrated well enough with the development process, with the development tools and, in particular, with the implementation of a software system. We present an approach in which we emphasize the architectural description of a system as a central element during the whole software development process. The main idea is to incorporate a formalized architecture description model into a software system which is always kept up-to-date during software development. A toolkit, which is based on the model, is used for continuously defining, validating, visualizing and evolving the architecture during development.