JITTAC: a just-in-time tool for architectural consistency

Jim Buckley, Sean Mooney, Jacek Rosik, Nour Ali

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Architectural drift is a widely cited problem in software engineering, where the implementation of a software system diverges from the designed architecture over time causing architecture inconsistencies. Previous work suggests that this architectural drift is, in part, due to programmers lack of architecture awareness as they develop code. JITTAC is a tool that uses a real-time Reflexion Modeling approach to inform programmers of the architectural consequences of their programming actions as, and often just before, they perform them. Thus, it provides developers with Just-In-Time architectural awareness towards promoting consistency between the as-designed architecture and the as-implemented system. JITTAC also allows programmers to give real-time feedback on introduced inconsistencies to the architect. This facilitates programmer-driven architectural change, when validated by the architect, and allows for more timely team-awareness of the actual architectural consistency of the system. Thus, it is anticipated that the tool will decrease architectural inconsistency over time and improve both developers and architect's knowledge of their software's architecture. The JITTAC demo is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNqhp40PDD4
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSE '13: Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Software Engineering
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781467330763
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2013
EventICSE '13: Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Software Engineering - Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 18-26 May, 2013
Duration: 18 May 2013 → …

Publication series

NameIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering


ConferenceICSE '13: Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Software Engineering
Period18/05/13 → …

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