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Software Architecture Visualization: An Evaluation Framework and Its Application

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3 Author(s)
Gallagher, K. ; Durham Univ., Durham ; Hatch, A. ; Munro, M.

In order to characterize and improve software architecture visualization practice, the paper derives and constructs a qualitative framework, with seven key areas and 31 features, for the assessment of software architecture visualization tools. The framework is derived by the application of the Goal Question Metric paradigm to information obtained from a literature survey and addresses a number of stakeholder issues. The evaluation is performed from multiple stakeholder perspectives and in various architectural contexts. Stakeholders can apply the framework to determine if a particular software architecture visualization tool is appropriate to a given task. The framework is applied in the evaluation of a collection of six software architecture visualization tools. The framework may also be used as a design template for a comprehensive software architecture visualization tool.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

March-April 2008

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