Heterogeneous Design Idioms for Software Architecture
Author: Mary Shaw
Proc. Sixth International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IEEE, October 1991.
Software designers use a variety of structural patterns to specify
system architectures. These patterns, or idioms, are currently used
informally and imprecisely. Nevertheless, they provide a useful,
broadly shared vocabulary. In practice, a given design often relies
on several patterns. This paper reviews some common architectural
idioms, shows several ways in which they are used heterogeneously,
and discusses the benefits of making these idioms and their
combinations more explicit and precise.
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