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Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software, The by Larry L. Constantine

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Chapter 32. Re: Architecture

What ever happened to software architecture? Looking at a typical sample of in-house enterprise applications and commercial off-the-shelf software packages, it's often hard to find much evidence of underlying organization. Architecture, whether in the organization of the internal functionality or in the structure of the user interface, is often among the first victims felled by today's time-boxed software projects, short release cycles, and rapid application development. There seems to be no time to think through the consequences of architectural decisions. Often there is barely time to think. Full stop. Systems are thrown together as fast as features can be thought up, with little attention to overall organization. ...

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