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Agile Software Architecture by Ivan Mistrik, Alan W. Brown, Muhammad Ali Babar

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Chapter 3

Refactoring Software Architectures

Michael Stal,    Siemens AG, Corporate Research & Technology, Munich, Germany

Abstract

This chapter describes how to systematically prevent software architecture erosion by applying refactoring techniques. Software architecture modifications are common rather than the exception in software development. Modifications come in different flavors, such as redefining or adding requirements, changing infrastructure and technology, or causing changes by bugs and incorrect decisions. But no matter where these changes originate, they need special attention from software architects. Otherwise, if software architects merely focus on adding new features—(changes or extensions that by themselves might not be adequate), ...

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