C H A P T E R  11

Putting It All Together

Writing software has some interesting similarities to building a skyscraper. The architecture of a building defines its style, aesthetics, structure, and mechanics. Software architecture includes the same things; there’s a definite flow and texture to it. There’s an art to both, and software can be just as beautiful.

With a good architecture, the pieces fit together smoothly. The relationships between building blocks are clear. The system can be more easily developed, maintained, deployed, expanded, and managed. You can tell you’re working with a good architecture during the development phase because the hiccups tend to be small; forward progress tends to be consistent, you can fix bugs readily when ...

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