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Recognizing design decisions in programs

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3 Author(s)
S. Rugaber ; Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; S. B. Ornburn ; R. J. LeBlanc

The authors present a characterization of design decisions that is based on the analysis of programming constructs. The characterization underlies a framework for documenting and manipulating design information to facilitate maintenance and reuse activities. They identify and describe the following categories of design decisions: composition and decomposition; encapsulation and interleaving; generalization and specialization; representation; data and procedures; and function and relation. The authors discuss how to recognize and represent design decisions.<>

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IEEE Software  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 1 )