Summary: F. Oquendo (Ed.): ECSA 2007, LNCS 4758, pp. 263270, 2007.
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Leveraging Architecture Patterns to Satisfy Quality
Neil B. Harrison and Paris Avgeriou
Department of Mathematics and Computing Science, University of Groningen,
Groningen, The Netherlands
Abstract. Architectural design has been characterized as making a series of
decisions that have system-wide impact. These decisions have side effects
which can have significant impact on the system. However, the impact may be
first understood much later; when the system architecture is difficult to change.
Architecture patterns can help architects understand the impact of the
architectural decisions at the time these decisions are made, because patterns
contain information about consequences and context of the pattern usage.
However, this information has been of limited use because it is not presented
consistently or systematically. We discuss the current limitations of patterns on
evaluating their impact on quality attributes, and propose integrating the
information of patterns' impact on quality attributes in order to increase the
usefulness of architecture patterns.