Moving architectural description from under the technology lamppost

Nenad Medvidovic, Eric M. Dashofy, Richard N. Taylor
2007 Information and Software Technology  
In 2000, we published an extensive study of existing software architecture description languages (ADLs), which has served as a useful reference to software architecture researchers and practitioners. Since then, circumstances have changed. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) has gained popularity and wide adoption, and many of the ADLs we studied have been pushed into obscurity. We argue that this progression can be attributed to early ADLs' nearly exclusive focus on technological aspects of
more » ... hitecture, ignoring application domain and business contexts within which software systems and development organizations exist. These three concerns -technology, domain, and business -constitute three "lampposts" needed to appropriately "illuminate" software architecture and architectural description.
doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2006.08.006 fatcat:r2ckqo3gubgg3hkkgdjvqla3m4