The process of designing and analyzing software architectures is complex. Architectural design is a minimally constrained search through a vast multi-dimensional space of possibilities. The end result is that architects are seldom confident that they have done the job optimally, or even satisfactorily. Over the past two decades, practitioners and researchers have used architectural patterns to expedite sound software design. Architectural patterns are prepackaged chunks of design that provide proven structural solutions for achieving particular software system quality attributes, such as scalability or modifiability. While use of patterns has simplified the architectural design process somewhat, key challenges remain. In this podcast, Rick Kazman discusses these challenges and a solution he has developed for achieving system security qualities through use of patterns.
Rick Kazman is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI and also serves on the faculty of the University of Hawaii. His primary research interests are in software architecture, software engineering economics, design and analysis tools, and software visualization. He is the author of more than 100 technical papers and co-author of several books including Software Architecture in Practice and Evaluating Software Architectures: Methods and Case Studies.
This podcast is part of the SEI Podcast Series and is available to be played, downloaded, and more from the show page.