On the Modularization of ExplorViz towards Collaborative Open Source Development

Zirkelbach, Christian, Krause, Alexander and Hasselbring, Wilhelm (2019) On the Modularization of ExplorViz towards Collaborative Open Source Development Technical Reports by Department of Computer Science, 1902 . Department of Computer Science, Kiel University, Germany.

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Abstract

Software systems evolve over their lifetime. Changing conditions such as requirements or customer requests make it inevitable for developers to perform adjustments to the underlying code base. Especially in the context of open source software where everybody can contribute, demands can change over time and new user groups may be addressed.
In particular, research software is often not structured with a maintainable and extensible architecture. In combination with obsolescent technologies, this is a challenging task for developers, especially, when students are involved.

In this paper, we report on the modularization process and architecture of our open source research project ExplorViz towards a microservice architecture, which facilitates a collaborative development process for both researchers and students. We describe the modularization measures and present how we solved occurring issues and enhanced our development process. Afterwards, we illustrate our modularization approach with our modernized, extensible software system architecture and highlight the improved collaborative development process. Finally, we present a proof-of-concept implementation featuring several developed extensions in terms of architecture and extensibility.

Document Type: Report (Research Report)
Keywords: collaborative software engineering, architectural modernization, software visualization
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
ISSN: 2192-6247
Projects: ExplorViz
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 11:56
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 11:56
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/46829

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