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Durham University

Computer Science


Publication details for Professor Malcolm Munro

Gallagher, Keith Hatch, Andrew & Munro,Malcolm (2007). Software Architecture Visualization: An Evaluation Framework and Its Application. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 34(2): 260-270.

Author(s) from Durham


In order to characterize and improve software architecture visualization practice, the paper derives and constructs a qualitative framework, with 7 key areas and 31 features, for the assessment of software architecture visualization tools. The framework is derived by the application of the Goal Question Metric paradigm to information obtained from a literature survey and addresses a number of stakeholder issues. The evaluation is performed from multiple stakeholder perspectives and in various architectural contexts. Stakeholders can apply the framework to determine if a particular software architecture visualization tool is appropriate to a given task. The framework is applied in the evaluation of a collection of six software architecture visualization tools. The framework may also be used as a design template for a comprehensive software architecture visualization tool.