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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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4. A Tour of Some Component-and-Connector Styles

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4.1 An Introduction to C&C Styles

A component-and-connector (C&C) style introduces a specific set of component-and-connector types and specifies rules about how elements of those types can be combined. Additionally, given that C&C views capture runtime aspects of a system, a C&C style is typically also associated with a computational model that prescribes how data and control flow through systems designed in that style.

The choice of a C&C style (or styles) will usually depend on the nature of the runtime structures in the system. For example, if the system will need to access a set of legacy ...

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