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Software Architecture for Busy Developers

By : Stéphane Eyskens
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Software Architecture for Busy Developers

By: Stéphane Eyskens

Overview of this book

Are you a seasoned developer who likes to add value to a project beyond just writing code? Have you realized that good development practices are not enough to make a project successful, and you now want to embrace the bigger picture in the IT landscape? If so, you're ready to become a software architect; someone who can deal with any IT stakeholder as well as add value to the numerous dimensions of software development. The sheer volume of content on software architecture can be overwhelming, however. Software Architecture for Busy Developers is here to help. Written by Stéphane Eyskens, author of The Azure Cloud Native Mapbook, this book guides you through your software architecture journey in a pragmatic way using real-world scenarios. By drawing on over 20 years of consulting experience, Stéphane will help you understand the role of a software architect, without the fluff or unnecessarily complex theory. You'll begin by understanding what non-functional requirements mean and how they concretely impact target architecture. The book then covers different frameworks used across the entire enterprise landscape with the help of use cases and examples. Finally, you'll discover ways in which the cloud is becoming a game changer in the world of software architecture. By the end of this book, you'll have gained a holistic understanding of the architectural landscape, as well as more specific software architecture skills. You'll also be ready to pursue your software architecture journey on your own - and in just one weekend!
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: The Broader Architecture Landscape
Section 3: Software Design Patterns and Architecture Models
Section 4: Impact of the Cloud on Software Architecture Practices
Section 5: Architectural Trends and Summary

Understanding sensitivity points, trade-off points, risks, and non-risks

As stated in the previous section, making a design choice often has a positive or negative impact on one or more quality attributes. The two most important concepts to grasp are sensitivity points and trade-off points, and, to a lesser extent, risks and non-risks. Let's have a quick definition of these before going into more elaborate scenarios, as follows:

  • Sensitivity points represent architectural choices that can importantly impact a single quality attribute—for example, maintenance activities could impact the availability of a quality attribute.
  • Trade-off points are architectural decisions that may impact at least two sensitivity points, hence the trade-off, meaning that you might be obliged to sacrifice one quality attribute in favor of another one. For example, doing client-side encryption will impact security in a positive way but performance in a negative way. You may opt for better...