Discussion Questions


What is it possible and not possible to say about data flow by looking at a view in the module viewtype? What about control flow? What can you say about which modules interact with which other modules?


Which properties of a module might you think of as worthy of having special notational conventions to express them, and why? For example, you might want to color a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) module differently from modules developed in-house.


The depends-on relation among modules is very general. What specific types of dependencies might be reflected in a style in the module viewtype?


A primary property of a module is its set of responsibilities. How do a module's responsibilities differ from the requirements that it must satisfy?


When documenting a particular system, you might wish to combine modules into an aggregate, to market them as a combined package, for example. Would this package itself be a module? That is, are all aggregates of modules themselves modules?

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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