1.2. Software Architecture as a Discipline

As a professional discipline, software architecture has at least a dozen schools of thought. Some of the major schools of thought include:

  • Zachman Framework [Zachman 97]

  • Open Distributed Processing (ODP) [ISO 96]

  • Domain Analysis [Rogers 97]

  • Rational's 4+1 View Model [Booch 98]

  • Academic Software Architecture [Bass 98]

Alternative architecture approaches share concepts and principles, but their terminologies differ greatly. Each architecture school is relatively isolated from the others. In the literature of any given school, perhaps one or two other schools are acknowledged, however briefly. None of the schools appear to make any significant use of the results of the others. Since the terminology between ...

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