ALI: An Extensible Architecture Description Language for Industrial Applications

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Bashroush, Rabih ; Spence, Ivor ; Kilpatrick, Peter ; Brown, John ; Gilani, Wasif ; Fritzsche, M (2008)
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While Architecture Description Languages (ADLs) \ud have gained wide acceptance in the research \ud community as a means of describing system designs, \ud the uptake in industry has been slower than might have \ud been expected. A contributory cause may be the \ud perceived lack of flexibility and, as yet, the limited tool \ud support. This paper describes ALI, a new ADL that \ud aims to address these deficiencies by providing a rich, \ud extensible and flexible syntax for describing \ud component interface types and the use of patterns and \ud meta-information. These enhanced capabilities are \ud intended to encourage more widespread industrial \ud usage.
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