Course Title
Informatics 223
Applied Software Design Techniques
Spring 2017

André van der Hoek
Office: Donald Bren Hall 5038
Phone: +1 949-824-6326

Location: DBH 1300
Day and time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:50

Catalogue Description
223 Applied Software Design Techniques (4). Study of concepts, representations, techniques, and case studies in structuring software systems, with an emphasis on design considerations. Topics include static and dynamic system structure, data models, abstractions, naming, protocols and application programmer interfaces.

The class will be discussion-oriented. Papers must have been read beforehand, and discussion will be seeded by questions, observations, and assertions from all students in the class. Course goals include:

  • To know the theory of software design
  • To become fluid in using a set of representative software design techniques
  • To understand how to examine existing software designs
  • To learn the practices of expert software designers

Case Study
Each student will perform a case study by adopting one software system that they will use to illustrate the techniques with concrete examples. Based on the case study, a few slides should be prepared weekly that illustrate the findings in the example system.

Design practice
Each student will engage in the design of several software systems (or parts thereof), putting the lessons learned into practice.

All students enrolled in the course will earn a letter grade based upon: (a) class attendance and participation, (b) questions, observations, and assertions that feed the discussions in class, (c) case study slides, and (d) design work.

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Week Date Topic Papers to Read
1 April 4 Welcome and introduction (slides)
April 6 Models & UML (slides) Seidewitz: What Models Mean
Engels & Groenewegen: Object-Oriented Modeling: A Roadmap
Bell: Death by UML Fever
Petre: UML in Practice
Fowler: UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (third edition) (book, if you are not familiar with UML)
2 April 11 Models & UML (slides)
April 13 Architecture Taylor & van der Hoek: Software Design and Architecture: The Once and Future Focus of Sofware Engineering
Perry & Wolf: Foundations for the Study of Software Architecture
Behnamghadar, Le, Garcia, Link, Shahbazian & Medvidovic: A Large-Scale Study of Architectural Evolution in Open-Source Software Systems
Medvidovic, Dashofy & Taylor: Moving Architectural Description from under the Technology Lamppost
3 April 18 Architecture (slides)
April 20 Patterns Lea: Christopher Alexander: An Introduction for Object-Oriented Designers
Gamma, Helm, Johnson, Vlissides: Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (book)
Garlan, Allen, Ockerbloom: Exploiting Style in Architectural Design Environments
4 April 25 Patterns (slides)
April 27 Data Models Conklin: Hypertext: An Introduction and Survey
Capriero & Gelernter: Linda in Context
Ferrante, Ottenstein & Warrren: The Program Dependence Graph and Its Use in Optimization
5 May 2 No class (André at UT Austin)
May 4 No class (André at UT Austin)
6 May 9 Data Models (slides)
May 11 Naming Berners-Lee, Fielding & Masinter: Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax
Carzaniga, Rosenblum & Wolf: Design and Evaluation of a Wide-Area Event Notification Service
Musen: Domain Ontologies in Software Engineering: Use of Protégé with the EON Architecture
Happel & Seedorf: Applications of Ontologies in Software Engineering
7 May 16 Naming
May 18 APIs Parnas: On the Criteria To Be Used in Decomposing Systems into Modules
van der Hoek, Carzaniga, Heimbigner & Wolf: A Testbed for Configuration Management Policy Programming
Kiczales, Lamping, Mendhekar, Maeda, Lopes, Loingtier & Irwin: Aspect-Oriented Programming
8 May 23 No class (André at ICSE)
May 25 No class (André at ICSE)
9 May 30 APIs (slides)
June 1 Algorithms & Protocols Jones, Harrold & Stasko: Visualization of Test Information to Assist Fault Localization
Meng, Kim, McKinley: LASE: Locating and Applying Systematic Edits by Learning from Examples
Gudgin, Hadley, Mendelsohn, Moreau, Nielsen, Karmarkar & Lafon: Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.2
Whitehead & Goland: WebDAV: A Network Protocol for Remote Collaborative Authoring on the Web
10 June 6 Algorithms & Protocols (slides)
June 8 Final discussion
Finals week June 15, 08:00-10:00, DBH 1200 No final