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Playing Detective: Reconstructing Software Architecture from Available Evidence

  • October 1997
  • By Rick Kazman , Jeromy Carriere
  • This paper presents Dali, an open, lightweight workbench that aids an analyst in extracting, manipulating, and interpreting architectural information.
  • Software Architecture
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    Because a system's software architecture strongly influences its ability to support quality attributes such as modifiability, performance, and security, it is important to be able to analyze and reason about that architecture. However, architectural documentation frequently does not exist, and when it does, it is often out of sync with the implemented system. In addition, it is rare that software development begins with a clean slate; systems are almost always constrained by existing legacy code. As a consequence, we need to be able to extract information from existing system implementations and reason architecturally about this information. This paper presents Dali, an open, lightweight workbench that aids an analyst in extracting, manipulating, and interpreting architectural information. By assisting in the reconstruction of architectures from extracted information, Dali helps an analyst redocument architectures and discover the relationship between "as-implemented" and "as-designed" architectures.

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SEI

Kazman, Rick; & Carriere, S.. Playing Detective: Reconstructing Software Architecture from Available Evidence (CMU/SEI-97-TR-010). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12887

IEEE

Kazman. Rick, and Carriere. S., "Playing Detective: Reconstructing Software Architecture from Available Evidence," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-010, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12887

APA

Kazman, Rick., & Carriere, S.. (1997). Playing Detective: Reconstructing Software Architecture from Available Evidence (CMU/SEI-97-TR-010). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12887

CHI

Rick Kazman, & S. Carriere. Playing Detective: Reconstructing Software Architecture from Available Evidence (CMU/SEI-97-TR-010). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12887

MLA

Kazman, Rick., & Carriere, S.. 1997. Playing Detective: Reconstructing Software Architecture from Available Evidence (Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-010). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12887