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Microsoft® Application Architecture Guide (Patterns & Practices) Second Edition Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Patterns & Practices
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; Second Edition edition (November 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073562710X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627109
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Gehrman on September 13, 2011
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I think this book is valuable in the sense that it addresses most of the issues you'll face when building an application. My only criticism is that the advice is very general and high-level. For experienced devs, you've probably heard it all before. For less experienced devs, I think this is a good starting point. In the end though, I wish the authors would have spent a little more time on more "philosophical" issues. The reason I say that is because no matter how much knowledge and technical skill you have at your disposal, if you don't have a mindset of keeping things simple, or being very focused on performance and scalability, you can get lost in a hurry. For example, the decision to use ORM may sound great in concept, but it violates just about every rule I believe that a developer should keep foremost in mind (i.e. ORM is not simple and it doesn't perform or scale very well, particularly compared to higher performance alternatives).

One of the biggest myths in software development is that it is detrimental to keep the architecture extremely simple, especially at the beginning. The argument is that you won't have enough flexibility later on as your app grows. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you've kept things simple, it is usually not a big deal to scale up the complexity of the app. But the flip side is almost never true. If the architecture is overly complex, it is usually very difficult to refactor it to a more manageable, higher-performing place. I can't tell you how many brittle OO systems I've seen that eventually collapse because OOP has inherent extensibilty and maintainability problems, especially when you're building agile apps that need to respond to change quickly. ORM makes those problems even worse.
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Man, was I glad to see them print this thing. I had bugged them about it, but they said it wouldn't pay for itself. It's good to see they changed their mind. I have been lugging it around in a binder, and that had been less than pleasurable.

I like keeping this with me because it serves as great reference of all the things I am supposed to remember, but often forget. When it comes time to begin a new architecture I like having my valuable books nearby, and this is one of them.

This book is packed with guidance on Mobile applications, Rich client applications, Rich Internet applications, Service applications, and Web applications built with .NET. The solution guidance provided in this book is all 100% .NET and Microsoft centric. It maps all the important aspects of software architecture to ways to implement them in .NET or with Microsoft products. This is the compass you need to find out what Microsoft has to offer for building different types of architectures.

The book includes individual chapters on designing Mobile applications, Rich client applications, Rich Internet applications, Service applications, Web applications, Hosted and Cloud Services, Office Business applications, and SharePoint LOB applications.

The book also includes some nice appendixes. They include the Microsoft Application Platform, Presentation Technology Matrix, Data Access Technology Matrix, Integration Technology Matrix, Workflow Technology Matrix, patterns & practices Enterprise Library, and a patterns & practices Pattern Catalog.

The book primarily focuses on architecture, but each chapter provides resources for guidance on the details of implementation for the technologies mentioned in that chapter.

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I didn't use the first edition of the guide as much as I thought I would when it first came out oh so many years ago. But when the new 2nd edition was released I was interested to see what changes they had made. I was very surprised to find it so useful. There is a lot of great descriptions for the different architectures possible with the .NET framework. I found this to be a great refrence for documenting architectures for the projects I work on. It helped me organize my thoughts, and consider items to include (and to leave out) of my architecture documentation. One thing I noticed was the printed version is different than the PDF available for download from the CodePlex web site. Not sure why they are different, but I found the print version a bit better to follow.
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This is a great book for a beginning Software Engineer like myself. It does a great job of enumerating many of the questions and concerns you should have when developing your architecture, and offers a lot of useful general advice. Only at the end of each chapter does it go into specific Microsoft technologies, making probably 80% of it still useful even if you aren't working on a Microsoft stack.
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Whether you are an architect, developer, product manager, project manager, analyst, Microsoft Application Architecture Guide (Patterns & Practices) is a great desk reference. Please note that this reference is not an end-all-be-all for programming, but rather a 'guide' to aid in planning and designing any project (regardless of size and scope).

In addition to the Guide, I'll use Erl's SOA books or Dino Esposito's references, and others, but the Guide is usually the first place a I begin to make certain I do not make any expensive mistakes along the way.

I find it important to mention that this book had more than 30 collaborators from within Microsoft, its partners and its customers, so its depth in knowledge is expansive.
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