Software Architecture

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A survey of software architecture is provided by David Garlan, in SoftwareArchitectureARoadMap.

Garlan loosely defines architecture as a software system's gross organization as a collection of interacting components. He recognizes six aspects of software development where architecture can play an important role:

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Some of the text books on software architecture include (by year):

  • W. Pree. Design Patterns for Object-Oriented Software Development. Addison-Wesley, 1995.
  • M. Shaw and D. Garlan. Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Engineering Discipline. Prentice-Hall, 1996.
  • F. Buschmann, R. Meunier, H. Rohnert, P. Sommerlad, and M. Stal. Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture. Wiley, 1996.
  • L. Bass, P. Clements, and R. Kazman. Software Architecture in Practice. Addison-Wesley, 1998.
  • C. Hofmeister, R. Nord, and D. Soni. Applied Software Architecture. Addison-Wesley, 2000.
  • J. Bosch. Design and Use of Software Architectures. Addison-Welsey, 2000.
  • M. Jazayeri, A. Ran, and P. van der Linden. Software Architecture for Product Families: Putting Research into Practice. Addison-Wesley, 2000.

Resources include:

Architecture Description Languages:

Selected papers:

Whether architecture is an adequate metaphor in software development is an issue of debate, which also requires a good understanding of the nature of traditional architecture.

See also

CategoryArchitecture | CategoryEntryPoint | Contributions by ArieVanDeursen