Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation
The Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
Julie S. Fant
Bachelor of Science, James Madison University, 2001
Master of Science, George Mason University, 2005
An Approach to Building Domain Specific Software Architectures Using Software Architectural Design Patterns
2011, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Engineering Bldg., Room 2302
All are invited to attend.
Hassan Gomaa, Chair
Robert G. Pettit IV
design patterns represent best practice solutions to common
design challenges. However, applying
design patterns in practice can be difficult because they are
documented to be domain independent.
This makes applying them in a particular domain
difficult. Knowing where and at what
abstraction software architectural design patterns should be
applied in a given
domain is not always clear. Currently,
there are no existing approaches for building and validating
software architectures that focus on reusing and composing
architectural design patterns. This
dissertation addresses this gap by developing a software product
based approach to building and validating domain specific
architectures from software architectural design patterns.
The key contributions of this research include: the definition of distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) executable design patterns; the definition of a SPL design approach that captures SPL variability at a higher degree of granularity using design patterns; the definition of different levels of required executable design pattern customizations; and a feature and design pattern based functional validation approach. Additionally, a domain specific SPL and two real world case studies are provided to validate and demonstrate the applicability of this approach.
A copy of this doctoral dissertation is on reserve at the Johnson Center Library.