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DOI: 10.4230/OASIcs.Microservices.2017-2019.3
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-118255
URL: https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2020/11825/
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Bogner, Justus ; Weller, Adrian ; Wagner, Stefan ; Zimmermann, Alfred

Exploring Maintainability Assurance Research for Service- and Microservice-Based Systems: Directions and Differences

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Abstract

To ensure sustainable software maintenance and evolution, a diverse set of activities and concepts like metrics, change impact analysis, or antipattern detection can be used. Special maintainability assurance techniques have been proposed for service- and microservice-based systems, but it is difficult to get a comprehensive overview of this publication landscape. We therefore conducted a systematic literature review (SLR) to collect and categorize maintainability assurance approaches for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and microservices. Our search strategy led to the selection of 223 primary studies from 2007 to 2018 which we categorized with a threefold taxonomy: a) architectural (SOA, microservices, both), b) methodical (method or contribution of the study), and c) thematic (maintainability assurance subfield). We discuss the distribution among these categories and present different research directions as well as exemplary studies per thematic category. The primary finding of our SLR is that, while very few approaches have been suggested for microservices so far (24 of 223, ∼11%), we identified several thematic categories where existing SOA techniques could be adapted for the maintainability assurance of microservices.

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@InProceedings{bogner_et_al:OASIcs:2020:11825,
  author =	{Justus Bogner and Adrian Weller and Stefan Wagner and Alfred Zimmermann},
  title =	{{Exploring Maintainability Assurance Research for Service- and Microservice-Based Systems: Directions and Differences}},
  booktitle =	{Joint Post-proceedings of the First and Second International Conference on Microservices (Microservices 2017/2019)},
  pages =	{3:1--3:22},
  series =	{OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-137-5},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{78},
  editor =	{Lu{\'\i}s Cruz-Filipe and Saverio Giallorenzo and Fabrizio Montesi and Marco Peressotti and Florian Rademacher and Sabine Sachweh},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2020/11825},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-118255},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.Microservices.2017-2019.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Maintainability, Software Evolution, Quality Assurance, Service-Based Systems, SOA, Microservices, Systematic Literature Review}
}

Keywords: Maintainability, Software Evolution, Quality Assurance, Service-Based Systems, SOA, Microservices, Systematic Literature Review
Collection: Joint Post-proceedings of the First and Second International Conference on Microservices (Microservices 2017/2019)
Issue Date: 2020
Date of publication: 06.02.2020
Supplementary Material: https://github.com/xJREB/slr-maintainability-assurance


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