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Software Architecture as a Set of Architectural Design Decisions

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2 Author(s)
Jansen, A. ; University of Groningen, The Netherlands ; Bosch, J.

Software architectures have high costs for change, are complex, and erode during evolution. We believe these problems are partially due to knowledge vaporization. Currently, almost all the knowledge and information about the design decisions the architecture is based on are implicitly embedded in the architecture, but lack a first-class representation. Consequently, knowledge about these design decisions disappears into the architecture, which leads to the aforementioned problems. In this paper, a new perspective on software architecture is presented, which views software architecture as a composition of a set of explicit design decisions. This perspective makes architectural design decisions an explicit part of a software architecture. Consequently, knowledge vaporization is reduced, thereby alleviating some of the fundamental problems of software architecture.

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Software Architecture, 2005. WICSA 2005. 5th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on

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