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Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond, Second Edition by Judith Stafford, Robert Nord, Paulo Merson, Reed Little, James Ivers, David Garlan, Len Bass, Felix Bachmann, Paul Clements

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1. Module Views

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In this chapter, we look at these aspects of module views:

• Elements, relations, and properties

• Purpose

• Notation

• Relation to other views

1.1 Overview

In this chapter and the next, we look at ways to document the module structures of a system’s software. Such documentation enumerates the principal implementation units, or modules, of a system, together with the relations among these units. We refer to these descriptions as module views. As we will see, these views can be used for each of the purposes outlined in the prologue: education, communication among stakeholders, and the basis for construction and analysis.

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