ASAAM: Aspectual Sofware Architecture Analysis Method

B. Tekinerdogan

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    Software architecture analysis methods aim to predict the quality of a system before it has been developed. In general, the quality of the architecture is validated by analyzing the impact of predefined scenarios on architectural components. Hereby, it is implicitly assumed that an appropriate refactoring of the architecture design can help in coping with critical scenarios and mending the architecture. This paper shows that there are also concerns at the architecture design level which inherently crosscut multiple architectural components, which cannot be localized in one architectural component and which, as such, can not be easily managed by using conventional abstraction mechanisms. We propose the Aspectual Software Architecture Analysis Method (ASAAM) to explicitly identify and specify these architectural aspects and make them transparent early in the software development life cycle. ASAAM introduces a set of heuristic rules that help to derive architectural aspects and the corresponding tangled architectural components from scenarios. The approach is illustrated for architectural aspect identification in the architecture design of a window management system.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationWICSA'04
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)076952172X
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

    Publication series



    • Aspect-Oriented Software Development
    • scenario-based architectural analysis
    • EWI-10133
    • IR-49567
    • Software Architecture
    • METIS-222179

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    Tekinerdogan, B. (2004). ASAAM: Aspectual Sofware Architecture Analysis Method. In WICSA'04 (pp. 5-14). Piscataway: IEEE Computer Society.