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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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8. Documenting Behavior

With George Fairbanks

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Documenting behavioral aspects of an architecture provides many benefits both during development of the architecture and during system maintenance. This information can be used to gain understanding of a system, and it can also help stakeholders reason about how a system built to the architecture will be able to meet many of its quality-related goals. For example, behavior documentation can identify potential deadlocks and bottlenecks. Such documentation clarifies to developers the steps and states involved in the operations.

Documenting an architecture requires behavior documentation that complements ...

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