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A Pattern-based Approach Against Architectural Knowledge Vaporization Uwe van Heesch
 

Summary: A Pattern-based Approach Against Architectural Knowledge Vaporization
Uwe van Heesch
University of Groningen,
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Venlo, The Netherlands
u.vanheesch@fontys.nl
Paris Avgeriou
University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands
paris@cs.rug.nl
Abstract
Architectural documentation is often considered as a tedious and resource intensive task, that is usually skipped or per-
formed inadequately. As a result the rationale of the architect's decisions gets lost. This problem is known as architectural
knowledge vaporization. We propose a documentation approach for architectural decisions concerning the application of
software patterns. Based on the assumption that patterns and pattern languages incorporate generic architectural knowl-
edge, we recommend reusing this documented knowledge in application specific architecture documentation to preserve an
important part of the rationale, that went into the architect's decisions, while saving time compared to other documentation
approaches.
1. Introduction
The documentation of architectural knowledge (AK) in software development often consists of design models and other

  

Source: Avgeriou, Paris - Institute for Mathematics and Computing Science, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences