A Model for Specifying Rationale Using an Architecture Description Language

  • Lakshitha de Silva
  • Dharini Balasubramaniam
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6903)


Besides structural and behavioural properties, rationale plays a crucial role in defining the architecture of a software system. However, unlike other architectural features, rationale often remains unspecified and inaccessible to tools. Existing approaches for recording rationale are not widely adopted. This paper proposes a simple model for capturing rationales as part of an architecture specification and attaching them to elements in the architecture. The bi-directional links between rationales and elements enable forward and backward traceability. We describe a textual architecture description language named Grasp that implements this model, and illustrate its capabilities using an example.


Quality Attribute Design Decision Software Architecture Rationale Model Architecture Description 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lakshitha de Silva
    • 1
  • Dharini Balasubramaniam
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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