Archive for October, 2008

Episode 115: Architecture Analysis

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Episode 115: Architecture Analysis

During Evolution of a software system, it becomes more and more difficult to understand the originally planned software architecture. Often an architectural degeneration happens because of various reasons during the development phases. In this session we will be looking how to avoid such architectural decay and degeneration and how continuous monitoring can improve the situation (and avoid architectural violations). In addition we will look at “refactoring in the large” and how refactoring can be simulated. A new family of “lint like tools for software architectures” is currently emerging in the marketplace I will show some examples and how they scale and support you in real world projects.

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Episode 114: Christof Ebert on Requirements Engineering

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Episode 114: Christof Ebert on Requirements Engineering

In this episode we talk to Christof Ebert about requirements engineering. As the name “engineering” suggests, we need to be systematic when working and managing requirements. Christof will structure RE into several activities, namely elicitation (identifying the relevant requirements), specification (clearly describing requirements), analysis (synthesizing a solution), verification and validation (achieving good requirements quality), comittment (allocating requirements to a project, product release or iteration), and management (keeping track of the implementation status of requirements). In this episode we discuss these activities and highlight lots of practical guidance.

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Episode 113: Building Platforms with Jeff McAffer

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Episode 113: Building Platforms with Jeff McAffer

In this episode we talk with Jeff McAffer about building platforms. We start with a brief discussion about what a platform is in contrast to a framework or an application. Drawing from his experiences working on the Eclipse platform for years, Jeff talks with us about how to develop platforms, why developing a platform is different from developing an application, what makes a good platform great, and why API design becomes so extremely important for platforms. He provides us with some insights on how the development process and the client collaboration for platform development could look like and what has and has not worked in the past.

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