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Aspect-Oriented Software Development with Use Cases by Pan-Wei Ng, Ivar Jacobson

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Chapter 18. Describing the Architecture

Architecture is about everything, yet it is not everything. It is about the architecturally significant things in everything that stakeholders and developers must understand in order to comprehend the whole system. The architecture description is an important artifact because it describes the architecture as manifested in the architecture baseline—a skinny system that will become the final system. Recall that the architecture baseline is an early version of the system. Since a system is described by a set of models, the architecture baseline is also described by an early version of these models. The architecture description has views of these models—we call them architectural views—which it collates and ...

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