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Communicating Architectural Design Rules Using Models – An Action Case Study
Lero—The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland, and Husqvarna AB, Huskvarna, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
Lero—The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the  Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference InSITE 2012: June 22-27, 2012, Montreal, Canada / [ed] Eli Cohen and Elizabeth Boyd, Santa Rosa: Informing Science Institute, 2012, 475-492 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An important purpose of architectural design is to ensure that the system meets its quality requirements by defining a set of system wide design decisions. An important part of these design decisions is the set of architectural design rules that shall be followed by developers in the detailed design. The state of practice is to define these rules in natural language and to use manual reviews to enforce them. This way of transferring the rules to the developers is however error prone and requires a lot of effort from the architects since natural language is ambiguous and open for different interpretations and rule following have to be checked with manual reviews. This paper reports from an action case study where a novel approach for architectural modeling and automated conformance checking has been investigated regarding its ability to better communicate architectural design decisions to the developers. The findings indicate that the novel approach is significantly more effective than the state of practice. The findings also show that an important reason for this is that using a tool for conformance checking allows the developers to learn the rules by experimenting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Santa Rosa: Informing Science Institute, 2012. 475-492 p.
Proceedings of the Informing Science and Education Conference, ISSN 1535-0703
Keyword [en]
Action Case study, Meta-modeling, Model-Driven Development, Software Architecture
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Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-7350ISBN: 978-1-932886-58-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-7350DiVA: diva2:608852
InSITE 2012 Informing Science & IT Education: A Conference in Four Parts: Connect, TeachIT, TeLE, and Inform, June 22-27, 2012, Montréal, Canadá
Available from: 2013-03-01 Created: 2013-03-01 Last updated: 2014-02-21Bibliographically approved

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