A recommendation system for repairing violations detected by static architecture conformance checking
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Software: Practice and Experience
Volume 45, Issue 3, pages 315–342, March 2015
How to Cite
2015), A recommendation system for repairing violations detected by static architecture conformance checking, Softw. Pract. Exper., 45, 315–342, doi: 10.1002/spe.2228, , , and (
- Issue published online: 12 JAN 2015
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 17 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 24 AUG 2012
- software architecture;
- recommendation system
This paper describes a recommendation system that provides refactoring guidelines for maintainers when tackling architectural erosion. The paper formalizes 32 refactoring recommendations to repair violations raised by static architecture conformance checking approaches; it describes a tool—called ArchFix—that triggers the proposed recommendations; and it evaluates the application of this tool in two industrial-strength systems. For the first system—a 21 KLOC open-source strategic management system—our approach has indicated correct refactoring recommendations for 31 out of 41 violations detected as the result of an architecture conformance process. For the second system—a 728 KLOC customer care system used by a major telecommunication company—our approach has triggered correct recommendations for 624 out of 787 violations, as asserted by the system's architect. Moreover, the architects have scored 82% of these recommendations as having moderate or major complexity. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.