Lightweight Prevention of Architectural Erosion

C O'Reilly, PJ Morrow, DW Bustard

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Avoiding architectural erosion helps extend the lifetime of an evolving software system Erosion can be reduced by ensuring that (i) developers share a good understanding of a system's architecture; (ii) alignment is preserved between the architectural description and its implementation at all stages of system construction and maintenance; and (iii) architectural changes are treated with the same care and attention as the production of the initial design. Through the metaphor of 'agile development' this paper presents a lightweight approach to the control of architectural erosion. In particular, it covers the representation of an architectural description and the management of alignment between description and implementation during system evolution. A prototype support tool, ArchAngel, is introduced. This maintains an architectural design description, identifies when changes occur with respect to that description, and reports these changes for evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Sept 2003
EventInternational Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE 2003) - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 1 Sept 2003 → …


WorkshopInternational Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE 2003)
Period1/09/03 → …


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