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Essential Software Architecture

Authors: Gorton, Ian

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

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!"

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)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Understanding Software Architecture

    Gorton, Ian

    Pages 1-15

  • Introducing the Case Study

    Gorton, Ian

    Pages 17-22

  • Software Quality Attributes

    Gorton, Ian

    Pages 23-38

  • An Introduction to Middleware Architectures and Technologies

    Gorton, Ian

    Pages 39-63

  • Service-Oriented Architectures and Technologies

    Greenfield, Paul

    Pages 65-80

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-19176-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Download immediately after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-19175-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-43531-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Essential Software Architecture
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-19176-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-19176-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-19175-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43531-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVI, 242
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