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Efficient quality impact analyses for iterative architecture construction

: Keuler, Thorsten; Muthig, Dirk; Uchida, Takayuki


Kruchten, P. ; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-:
WICSA 2008, 7th IEEE/IFIP Working Conference on Software Architecture. Proceedings : Vancouver, Canada, February 18-22, 2008
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008
ISBN: 0-7695-3092-3
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3092-5
S.19-28 : Ill., Lit.
Working Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) <7, 2008, Vancouver>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software architecture; separation of concerns; quality-centric view; model weaving; aspect-oriented approach

In this paper, we present an approach that supports efficient quality impact analyses in the context of iteratively constructed architectures. Since the number of established architectural strategies and the number of inter-related models heavily increase during iterative architecture construction, the impact analysis of newly introduced quality strategies during later stages becomes highly effort-intensive and error-prone. With our approach we mitigate the effort needed for such quality impact analyses by enabling efficient separation of concerns. For achieving efficiency, we developed an aspect-oriented approach that enables the automatic weaving of quality strategies into architectural artifacts. By doing so, we are able to conduct selective quality impact evaluations with significantly reduced effort.