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Release It!, 2nd Edition by Michael T. Nygard

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Pragmatic Architecture

Two divergent sets of activities both fall under the term architecture. One type of architecture strives toward higher levels of abstraction that are more portable across platforms and less connected to the messy details of hardware, networks, electrons, and photons. The extreme form of this approach results in the “ivory tower”—a Kubrick-esque clean room inhabited by aloof gurus and decorated with boxes and arrows on every wall. Decrees emerge from the ivory tower and descend upon the toiling coders. “The middleware shall be JBoss, now and forever!” “All UIs shall be constructed with Angular 1.0!” “All that is, all that was, and all that shall ever be lives in Oracle!” “Thou shalt not engage in Ruby!” If you’ve ever gritted ...

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