Software Architecture and Software Configuration Management

  • Bernhard Westfechtel
  • Reidar Conradi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2649)


This paper examines the relations between software architecture and software configuration management. These disciplines overlap because they are both concerned with the structure of a software system being described in terms of components and relationships. On the other hand, they differ with respect to their focus — specific support for programming-in-the-large, versus general support for the management of evolving software objects throughout the whole life cycle. Several problems and alternatives concerning the integration of both disciplines are discussed.


Software Architecture Version Control Case Tool Architecture Description Language Software Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Westfechtel
    • 1
  • Reidar Conradi
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Informatik IIIRWTH AachenAachen
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

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