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Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 1, A System of Patterns by Michael Stal, Peter Sommerlad, Hans Rohnert, Regine Meunier, Frank Buschmann

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Chapter 6

Patterns and Software Architecture

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Patterns are an important vehicle for constructing high-quality software architectures. However, several other techniques, methods, and processes for software architecture already exist. How do patterns build on these techniques, methods, and processes, and how do patterns complement them? Do patterns even define the state of the art in software architecture?

In this chapter we discuss how patterns are integrated into the larger field of software architecture. The chapter is not intended to provide a complete survey of software architecture, however.

6.1 Introduction

Before discussing how patterns are integrated with software architecture, we need to characterize our understanding of this field. In this section we therefore briefly discuss some important aspects related to the discipline of software architecture. We give our definitions of the following terms:

  • Software Architecture
  • Component
  • Relationship
  • View
  • Functional Property
  • Non-functional Property
  • Software Design

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