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Software Architecture: A Comprehensive Framework and Guide for Practitioners Hardcover – September 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-3642197352 ISBN-10: 3642197353 Edition: 2011th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642197353
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642197352
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Among the numerous books on the theory and practice of software architecture, we are extremely fortunate to have one that takes a broader perspective on this complex topic, covering not only the requisite technical tricks of the trade, but also the additional challenges arising from the social, business, and cultural contexts that must be fully accounted for in the design process. For seasoned professionals this text will serve as a very handy reference, while, for aspiring architects, it will uncover and explain (perhaps for the first time) the full set of skills required to do the job." - Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp., Ottawa, ON, Canada

“I am really looking forward to the latest edition of this book. I can highly recommend it for anyone who needs to deal with the topic of software architecture. It provides a comprehensive starting point for conscious architectural thinking.” - Karin Dürmeyer, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM IOT Northeast IT Architect Profession Leader


"The book provides an excellent, structured, and fundamental but equally comprehensive orientation in the complex topic of software architecture. I like the fact that instead of looking at specific technologies, it focuses more on concepts and explicitly considers the people and social aspects." - Bernd Oestereich (oose)

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As a software architect you work in a wide-ranging and dynamic environment. You have to understand the needs of your customer, design architectures that satisfy both functional and non-functional requirements, and lead development teams in implementing the architecture. And it is an environment that is constantly changing: trends such as cloud computing, service orientation, and model-driven procedures open up new architectural possibilities.

This book will help you to develop a holistic architectural awareness and knowledge base that extends beyond concrete methods, techniques, and technologies. It will also help you to acquire or expand the technical, methodological, and social competences that you need. The authors place the spotlight on you, the architect, and offer you long-term architectural orientation. They give you numerous guidelines, checklists, and best practices to support you in your practical work.

Software Architecture offers IT students, software developers, and software architects a holistic and consistent orientation across relevant topics. The book also provides valuable information and suggestions for system architects and enterprise architects, since many of the topics presented are also relevant for their work. Furthermore, IT project leads and other IT managers can use the book to acquire an enhanced understanding of architecture.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2011
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This book is truly a holistic view of software architecture.

This book structures the book around an Architecture Orientation Framework. The framework is based on open question words. A chapter has been dedicate to each. The framework provides a nice common vocabulary that makes team communication easier.

The chapters of the book include Architectures and Architecture Disciplines (WHAT), Architecture Perspectives (WHERE)' Architecture Requirements (WHY), Architecture Means (WITH WHAT), Organizations and Individuals (WHO), and Architecture Method (HOW).

Each chapter is laid out in the same logical format. They start with a nice concept map that puts the elements of the chapter into a nice contextual overview. They continue with the body of the chapter and end with a summary and a nice further reading section. Chapter 8 is unique in that it has a ton of really nice checklists to help you assess the various requirements of an architecture.

There are a ton of topics covered in this book.
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