And yet another publication to announce! I am very happy to tell you all that the paper "Quantifying the Analyzability of Software Architectures" by Bouwers, Correia, van Deursen and Visser has been accepted at the 9th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture!
The decomposition of a software system into components is a major decision in any software architecture, having a strong influence on many of its quality aspects. A system’s analyzability, in particular, is influenced by its decomposition into components. But into how many components should a system be decomposed to achieve optimal analyzability? And how should the elements of the system be distributed over those components?
In this paper, we set out to find answers to these questions with the support of a large repository of industrial and opensource software systems. Based on our findings, we designed a metric which we call Component Balance. In a case study we show that the metric provides pertinent results in various evaluation scenarios. In addition, we report on an empirical study that demonstrates that the metric is strongly correlated with ratings for analyzability as given by experts.
(and yes, maybe twitter is not such a bad idea if I keep on writing these short posts :)