Chapter 10. System Design


The contact with manners then is education. . . . history is philosophy learned from examples.

 --Dionysius of Halicarnassus[1]

The Problem of Design

The chapters to come will examine many of the key technology areas for developing systems for Internet commerce. A logical question, of course, is “How do they go together?” In this chapter, we consider the problem of design: given a set of components, how do we put them together to create the most effective solution? Although we are saving details of the components for later, the discussion in this chapter is intended to frame an understanding of the role each component plays in the overall system.

From a software engineering point of view, there are many possible design ...

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