Discussion Questions


A user invokes a Web browser to download a file. Before doing so, the browser retrieves a plug-in to handle that type of file. Is this an example of a dynamic architecture? How would you document it?


Suppose that communication across layers in a layered system is carried out by signaling events. Is event signaling a concern that is part of the layered style? If not, how would you document this system?


Consider a shared-data system with a central database accessed by several components in a client-server fashion. What are your options for documenting the two-style nature of this system? Which option(s) would you choose, and why?


A bridging element is one that can appear in view packets in two separate views. Both views will have room for documenting the element's interface and its behavior. Assuming that we do not wish to document information in two places, how would you decide where to record that information? Suppose that the bridging element is a connector with one role for one style and one role for another. Where would you record the information then?


Sketch a top-level context diagram for a hypothetical system as it might appear in the following views, assuming in each case that the view is appropriate for that system: (a) uses, (b) layered, (c) pipe-and-filter, (d) client-server, (e) deployment.

Software Architectures and Documentation

Part I. Software Architecture Viewtypes and Styles

The Module Viewtype

Styles of the Module Viewtype

The Component-and-Connector Viewtype

Styles of the Component-and-Connector Viewtype

The Allocation Viewtype and Styles

Part II. Software Architecture Documentation in Practice

Advanced Concepts

Documenting Software Interfaces

Documenting Behavior

Choosing the Views

Building the Documentation Package

Other Views and Beyond

Rationale, Background, and Design Constraints


Documenting Software Architectures(c) Views and Beyond
Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond
ISBN: 0201703726
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 152

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