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Architecting Enterprise Solutions: Patterns for High-Capability Internet-based Systems [Hardcover]

Paul Dyson , Andrew Longshaw
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Book Description

May 21, 2004 0470856122 978-0470856123 1
  • A practical, nuts-and-bolts guide to architectural solutions that describes step-by-step how to design robustness and flexibility into an Internet-based system
  • Based on real-world problems and systems, and illustrated with a running case study
  • Enables software architects and project managers to ensure that nonfunctional requirements are met so that the system won't fall over, that it can be maintained and upgraded without being switched off, and that it can deal with security, scalability, and performance demands
  • Platform and vendor independence will empower architects to challenge product-dictated limitations

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Companies increasingly rely on systems that are secure, flexible and available 24x7. They are often developed in a very short time frame with changing requirements and increasing levels of complexity. Despite this, they must still display acceptable levels of performance, availability, scalability, security and a variety of other non-functional characteristics. These requirements need to be addressed in every part of the system including hardware, software, network topology and system configuration.

Architecting Enterprise Solutions is based on real world problems and systems. It takes a practical approach to architectural solutions giving step-by-step advice on how to design high performance, controllable and flexible systems. Design patterns provide a platform-independent way to show tried and tested solutions to common pitfalls and problems encountered when developing high-capability systems. The running case study illustrates the evolution of a system as it grows in functionality and capability, and each chapter closes with a new evolutionary variant of the overall system, illustrating its improved cap abilities.

Whether you are looking to gain insight into architectural problems and solutions or in need of practical help in day-to-day system construction, Paul Dyson and Andy Longshaw provide a practical and solution-focused aid to architecting enterprise solutions.

About the Author

Paul Dyson has built large-scale internet-based systems for, Philips, and Interbrew, taking the role of application architect and designing both hardware and software architectures for the final solution and providing technical leadership to the development teams. He is a conference presenter and has chaired international events such as Europlop and OT.

Andy Longshaw specialises in J2EE, XML, Web-based technologies and components, particularly the design and architecture decisions. He is a trainer, writer, consultant and conference speaker.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470856122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470856123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,449,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Non-functional requirements, i.e. the many software -ilities, are often neglected in the development of software systems. Even though they are a key factor in final user satisfaction and everybody acknowledges their importance, their prominence is usually downplayed. This book tries to fill this gap and it focuses on balancing the non-functional features of Internet-based software systems.

"Architecting Enterprise Solutions", following the so-called patterns movement, is organized around a set of patterns, which are classified into four groups:

1. Fundamental patterns describe the basic shape for Internet-based systems, why they tend to use application servers and why they recur to "specialist peripherals."

2. Performance, availability, and scalability involve some kind of redundancy (e.g. the performance-related patterns involve tiers with redundant elements, load balancing, data replication, and effective resource management, such as pooling and caching).

3. Control patterns deal with system manageability and security. Status reporting, monitoring, alerting, logging and dynamic configuration are key for manageability, while the proper use of demilitarized zones, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, encryption, and public key infrastructure are fundamental for security.

4. Finally, evolution patterns address maintainability, flexibility, portability, and migration. Among other things, here you will find information on virtual platforms and staging environments.

A final section describes how the patterns can be applied in practice, illustrating how the patterns trade-offs can lead to different system configurations.

In summary, "Architecting Enterprise Solutions" collects the know-how of experienced system architects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real-world experiences October 15, 2009
By gyas
That author focuses on that the fact that system architecture is driven by non-functional requirements. This is a critical fact that is missed by many other books on architecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Titans, not to everyones September 16, 2008
By Luiz
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C. Arnold made a very realistic review about this book. In past years I've been working a lot at on architecture subjects and read this book was like having a nice chat with someone on a high level than me where I careful pay attention on every single word said to me, doesn't matter if already have some knowledge about, it is nice to conciliate the knowledge.

Could take decades to someone get the experience of the authors of this book. As I said to pinguinu:

"Even if they talk something about JAVA, I could identify all the things to work with .net. In the end it is a platform independent subject and such things stays forever on the shelf.
This book is for the Titans, not to everyone! It was a wonderful 3 weeks times until the end of the book."

Thanks to C. Arnold, I bought this book because of his review.
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