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Modelling and automatic enforcement of architectural design rules

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dc.contributor.advisor Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.contributor.advisor Lundell, Bjorn Mattsson, Anders 2012-08-23T13:19:34Z 2012-08-23T13:19:34Z 2012
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract A basic premise of Model Driven Development (MDD) is to capture all important design information in a set of formal or semi-formal models which are then automatically kept consistent by tools. The concept however is still relatively immature and there is a lack of empirically validated guidelines. This thesis reports on the use of MDD in significant real-world projects over several years. Our research has found current techniques for modelling software architecture insufficient for modelling of architectural design rules. As a result developers have to rely on time-consuming and error-prone manual practices to keep a system consistent with its architecture. This thesis addresses this problem by presenting an approach that enables automatic enforcement of the architectural rules on the detailed design. The approach consists of a method on how to model architectural design rules with associated automation that is demonstrated through a prototype tool which upon request checks that the system model conforms to the architectural rules and report all violations. The rules are modelled in a subset of UML at the abstraction level of the meaning of the rules. The high abstraction level and the use of UML make the rules both amenable to automation and easy to understand for both architects and developers, which is crucial to deployment in an organization. Results from an action case study on an industrial development project indicate a high Return On Investment (ROI) for using the approach since it yields a substantial increase in both productivity and quality, while the actual investment required for training and tooling is small. In addition the approach is very well received by the users who report increased satisfaction in their work. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject model driven development en_US
dc.subject software architecture en_US
dc.subject software development/design en_US
dc.title Modelling and automatic enforcement of architectural design rules en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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