The Golden Age of Software Architecture: A Comprehensive Survey. Technical Report CMU-ISRI-06-101

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This retrospective on nearly two decades of software architecture research examines the maturation of the software architecture research area by tracing the evolution of research questions and results through their maturation cycle. We show how early qualitative results set the stage for later precision, formality, and automation, how results have built up over time, and how the research results have moved into practice.


* This paper updates an invited keynote for ICSE 23, “The Coming-of-Age of Software Architecture Research” by Mary Shaw[77]. It is also the basis for “The Golden Age of Software Architecture” published in IEEE Software, March/April 2006 [79].


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IEEE Software, 23, 2, 31-39.