The speeding growth of the IT market and its disruptive technologies, think of DevOps or Microservices, are leading towards using typical design patterns in a completely novel fashion. We consider the Model-View-Controller (MVC) as a target for a controlled refactoring experiment aimed at making it more observable, that is, mutated to be more easily monitorable in line with DevOps expectations. The article illustrates and implements our proposed mutation of MVC with observability. Using a proof-of-concept application prototype, the article illustrates how the improved observability can impact on general application maintainability — we use common software metrics from the state of the art. We conclude that there are indeed forms for common design patterns (e.g., MVC) which are more monitorable but they are more expensive in terms of maintenance and hence require attention by the research community at large and further experimentation.
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|