Integration Points

I haven’t seen a straight-up “website” project since about 1996. Everything is an integration project with some combination of HTML veneer, front-end app, API, mobile app, or all of the above. The context diagram for these projects will fall into one of two patterns: the butterfly or the spider. A butterfly has a central system with a lot of feeds and connections fanning into it on one side and a large fan out on the other side, as shown in the figure that follows.

images/stability/butterfly.png

Some people would call this a monolith, but that has negative connotations. It might be a nicely factored system that just has a lot of responsibility.

The other ...

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