Toward Boxology: Preliminary Classification of Architectural Styles

Proc. COMPSAC97, 21st Int’l Computer Software and Applications Conference, August 1997, pp. 6-13. Preliminary version, “Toward Boxology: Preliminary Classification of Architectural Styles,” Proc. Second Int’l Software Architecture Workshop, October 1996. [pdf]

This paper list a taxonomy of graphical style used by computer scientists to describe their system architecture. The paper highlights different architectural styles: the set of design rules that identify the kinds of components and connectors that might be used to compose a system or a subsystem, together with global and local constraints on the way composition is done. What diffenrenciate the styles it is largerly the interaction among the components. The paper identifies how each style is best fitted to represent a particular architectural structure.

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