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Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise, Second Edition by Andrea Saltarello, Dino Esposito

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Chapter 2. Designing for success

How does a project get to be a year late? One day at a time.

—Fred Brooks

We define a successful software project as a project that derives a working solution from well-understood business needs. We define successfully designed software as software that, in the context of a successful project, is designed reusing existing code and infrastructure (wherever possible) and refined in light of available technologies and known best practices.

The availability of successfully designed software today is critical for any type and any size of business, but even more critical for any business today is avoiding poor-quality software. Bad software can cause organizations to lose money in various ways—whether it is a slow-responding ...

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