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Essential Software Architecture

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  • Provides clear and concise information about methods and techniques for architectural best-practice in IT systems

  • Describes and analyses component and middleware technologies that support fundamental architectural patterns in enterprise systems

  • Looks forward to how recent and emerging technologies like SOA, MDA, AOD, and software product lines may affect the next generation of enterprise information system architectures

  • Uses real-world examples from banking, e-commerce, and government information systems to explain methods and technologies

  • Provides many pointers and references to further work on software architecture

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Understanding Software Architecture

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 1-15
  3. Introducing the Case Study

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 17-22
  4. Software Quality Attributes

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 23-38
  5. Advanced Middleware Technologies

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 81-96
  6. A Software Architecture Process

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 97-115
  7. Documenting a Software Architecture

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 117-128
  8. Case Study Design

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 129-146
  9. Middleware Case Study: MeDICi

    • Adam Wynne
    Pages 147-164
  10. Looking Forward

    • Ian Gorton
    Pages 165-169
  11. The Semantic Web

    • Judi McCuaig
    Pages 171-183
  12. Aspect Oriented Architectures

    • Yan Liu
    Pages 185-199
  13. Model-Driven Architecture

    • Liming Zhu
    Pages 201-217
  14. Software Product Lines

    • Mark Staples
    Pages 219-237
  15. Back Matter

    Pages 239-242

About this book

Job titles like “Technical Architect” and “Chief Architect” nowadays abound in software industry, yet many people suspect that “architecture” is one of the most overused and least understood terms in professional software development.

 

Gorton’s book tries to resolve this dilemma. It concisely describes the essential elements of knowledge and key skills required to be a software architect. The explanations encompass the essentials of architecture thinking, practices, and supporting technologies. They range from a general understanding of structure and quality attributes through technical issues like middleware components and service-oriented architectures to recent technologies like model-driven architecture, software product lines, aspect-oriented design, and the Semantic Web, which will presumably influence future software systems. This second edition contains new material covering enterprise architecture, agile development, enterprise service bus technologies, RESTful Web services, and a case study on how to use the MeDICi integration framework.

 

All approaches are illustrated by an ongoing real-world example. So if you work as an architect or senior designer (or want to someday), or if you are a student in software engineering, here is a valuable and yet approachable knowledge source for you.

Keywords

  • Aspect-Oriented Software Development
  • Component-Based Software
  • Middleware
  • Model-Driven Architecture
  • Semantic Web
  • Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Product Line
  • Software Quality

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

Choice - Oustanding Academic Title in 2012

“The volume is organized in three main parts, the first of which provides a comprehensive but clear definition of software architecture. The second and third parts are devoted to current and emerging practices, respectively. … This book will be of great help to students of computer science or software engineering, but above all it will provide practitioners with a guide to architecture that they can adopt to help direct their careers and professional development. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (L. Benedicenti, Choice, Vol. 49 (5), January, 2012)

“A subset of the software system architecture discipline is discussed in this book. … Gorton begins with an overall description of what he calls ‘the subdiscipline known as software architecture.’ … useful in the technical library of a large financial institution for those engaged in major systems development and evolution.” (Mordechai Ben-Menachem, ACM Computing Reviews, January, 2012)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, USA

    Ian Gorton

About the author

Ian Gorton is a Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Washington State, USA. He leads multiple projects that create advanced tools and reusable architectures for use in scientific and data analysis applications. Prior to this, he was a  member of the Empirical Software Engineering group at National ICT Australia (NICTA), based in Sydney, Australia. In over 20 years of experience, Ian has worked in both academia and industry, and held various senior positions, including Chief Architect, in Government research labs in Australia and the USA. He has also consulted to major organizations including Fujitsu, Borland, the Australian Stock Exchange, IBM and the Australian Tax office, and served as Program Chair for both WICSA and COMPARCH, the two leading international conferences in Software Architecture.

"I'm basically a software {architect, researcher, engineer}. I work on a whole range of projects, including new middleware technology R&D, designing architectures for enterprise applications, and carrying out software architecture research. I guess I must enjoy the variety!"

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eBook USD 39.99
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  • Available as EPUB and PDF
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Softcover Book USD 54.99
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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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Hardcover Book USD 69.99
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