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Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions by Luke Hohmann

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Foreword by Martin Fowler

Architecture has become a very slippery word in the software business. It's hard to come up with any solid definition of what it means. I see it as a fundamentally subjective term—when people describe their software architecture they select the important parts of their systems, how these parts fit together, and the key decisions they made in designing their systems. Architecture is also seen as a technical issue, with the implication that the key decisions that need to be made are technical decisions.

In talking with Luke over the last few years I've really enjoyed the fact that he talks about the kinds of things that are often sadly omitted from most architectural discussions—yet are every bit as important. Such things ...

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