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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

Starting with monoliths

I guess that you must already be familiar with monoliths, as it seems they have become the pure evil ones. However, at the risk of shocking you, monoliths will probably be around forever and have some interesting benefits. Before we look at their benefits and drawbacks, let's see what a monolith looks like:

Figure 4.1 – Literal meaning of a monolith

The preceding image shows what a monolith truly is. It is some sort of single-block-rock, from which you cannot extract a single piece, at least not with your hand. It is something that cannot be manipulated easily, something that will have a certain resistance to changes. However, while it seems hard to manipulate the monolith shown in the preceding image, it looks much easier to do with the ones shown in the following image:

Figure 4.2 – Small monoliths

Yes, you got it: with monoliths, size does matter! The problem with monoliths is when they...