AACRE Thesis Award 2009. .NET naked - See these hitherto unpublished pictures of the .NET Framework architecture - Ralf's Sudelbücher. Have you ever thought about the quality of your code?
Well, I bet. Have you ever strived for a sound architecture of your software solutions? Expressing Software Architecture with Inter-module Dependencies. Excessive inter-module dependencies have long been recognized as an indicator of poor software design.
Highly coupled systems, in which modules have unnecessary dependencies, are hard to work with because modules cannot be understood easily in isolation, and changes or extensions to functionality cannot be easily localized. Imagine how complex Eclipse plugin development would be if every plugin had a cross-dependency on every other plugin. Maintaining Eclipse would be a nightmare because of the risk that changing one portion could impact everything else. However, it isn't always clear which dependencies are necessary or even desirable and which ones are good candidates for elimination.
The Agile Manufacturing Project at MIT. System Dynamics (SD) and Design Structure Matrix (DSM) There is a very clever theory that was developed at MIT and put to use by Lockheed Martin and similar firms.
This is the Design Structure Matrix concept. The other concept is System Dynamics. The Design Structure Matrix (DSM) The Design Structure Matrix Web Site. Lattix Software.