PhD Theses in Experimental Software Engineering, Band 62
Hrsg.: Frank Bomarius, Peter Liggesmeyer, Dieter Rombach; Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern
2019, 281 S., num. illus. and tab., Softcover
Architecture documentation is essential for preserving knowledge and guiding the implementation in software development. For their implementation work, developers need detailed information from throughout the documentation. However, with regard to a single implementation task, architecture documentation contains mostly overhead information and relevant information is scattered. This makes information retrieval inefficient and error-prone and consequently affects implementation work. This thesis provides an approach for tailoring architecture documentation to individual implementation tasks, containing all relevant, but no overhead information, and presenting it concretely and centralized. As key contribution, this thesis provides a set of formalized creation rules, which defines the synthesis of task-specific architecture documentation. A tool prototype automates this process to make it economically feasible. To ensure applicability in practice, possible integration points in typical software development processes are described. The validation of the approach indicates the positive effects for the efficiency and accuracy of architecture information retrieval for developers.