Int. J. of Information Systems and Change Management   »   2015 Vol.7, No.3



Title: Merging software architectures with conflicts detections


Authors: Zine-Eddine Bouras; Mourad Maouche


Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, EPST Annaba, 23000, Algeria
Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology, Philadelphia University, 19392, Jordan


Abstract: All software systems are built by teams of programmers working in parallel. In this context, software merging concerns the creation of a version of the system that integrates the concurrent changes. Such techniques have been widely used at the levels of programs and model-driven engineering. The objective of this paper is to show that this technique can be used at software architecture level, taking into account the advantages of the latter. More precisely, we represent software architecture by an internal form. This permits to capture all mapping and differences between components of software architectures, detect conflicts, and merge them in a new version if they are compatibles. Also this paper shows the applicability of this approach through an appropriate example.


Keywords: software architecture description; SAD; signature matching; difference detection; conflicts; conflict detection; software merging; software development.


DOI: 10.1504/IJISCM.2015.073097


Int. J. of Information Systems and Change Management, 2015 Vol.7, No.3, pp.242 - 260


Submission date: 29 Dec 2014
Date of acceptance: 10 Aug 2015
Available online: 13 Nov 2015



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