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Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond, Second Edition by Judith Stafford, Robert Nord, Paulo Merson, Reed Little, James Ivers, David Garlan, Len Bass, Felix Bachmann, Paul Clements

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Foreword to the Second Edition

A colleague of mine, in the market for a home, fell in love with an older property that had been designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright himself. Curious about its history, its structure, its evolution, he contacted the local planning office, which happily and quickly provided him with a copy of the original blueprints.

Why, my friend asked me, can we get the drawings for a house that’s several decades old, but we are unable to see the architecture of software written last year?

In this book, the authors offer some pragmatic wisdom that helps attend to my friend’s lament.

The theory and the practice of the architecture of software-intensive systems are in a very vibrant phase. The early work of Mary Shaw and ...

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