The high-level design and description of a software system. Architectural design distills away details of implementations, algorithms, and data representation to concentrate on the interaction of "black box" components.

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Architecture for my Java application [on hold]

I try to create small Java tools to help me at my work every now and then. Usually these do not have to be pretty and I find myself coding a single, sometimes massive, Java class. However, now my plan ...
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Why did Alan Kay say, “The Internet was so well done, but the web was by amateurs”?

OK, so I paraphrased. The full quote: The Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the ...
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Microservice architecture: single database owned by a single service?

We're rebuilding a system in a microservice archiecture. I know the standard practice for SOA is to have each individual service responsible for its own database. However, does it make sense to have ...
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REST Services with ASP MVC WebApi architecture feedback

I'm working on a new project and I had to design some REST Services with ASP MVC WebApi. I would like to show you my app architecture and learn from more experienced architects what I have ...
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Is there a CMS that can be hosted online but is merely a backend for a desktop application? [on hold]

All the CMS's I've used and read about are geared toward building websites. I need to make a desktop application that connects to and grabs data and settings from a CMS-backed online source. There ...
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Write data to SQL Server directly from BizTalk or use external service?

An external source will be sending us XML data that BizTalk will pick up and transform into an internal schema. We need this data to be loaded into a SQL Server database as we're going to expose some ...
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How should I handle database failures in a web application? [duplicate]

I'm developing a simple RESTful API using Go's Goji framework (although this question is language-agnostic), in which parameters from the URL are queried against a PostgreSQL database. Here's how it ...
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What architecture is suitable for players matchmaking?

The system should match players to game rooms. When the room is ready it moves to a game server. Each game start request can have a list of prefered game servers and specifies exactly game mode ...
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Is storing data directly in a list node better than storing a pointer to data?

Suppose we have two different doubly-linked list structures: One has content of the node embedded directly in the node: struct Content { // some stuff }; struct Node { struct Node *next; ...
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How to develop custom functions on top of Ejabberd?

I'm developing a real time chat app. After searching around for a while, I found Ejabberd and Erlang is a good option. The question is the Ejabberd is not providing all the functions I need. I need ...
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Queue rescheduling naming convention (Command pattern)

For my project I'm creating a queueing mechanism based on the Command Pattern, which can execute one of a number of jobs. Jobs can add other jobs to the queue or can be added by a human. Most of the ...
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Performing data operations that involve separate applications and data sources

I'm designing an enterprise application that produces output based on some input data from another application. In this case, I happen to have also built and thus do control the source application ...
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Data transfer between “main” site and secured virtual subsite

I am currently working on a C# ASP.Net 3.5 website I wrote some years ago which consists of a "main" public site, and a sub-site which is our customer management application, using forms-based ...
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How do you handle shared concepts in a microservice architecture?

I am researching architectural patterns for an application I'm developing and a microservice approach seems like it would be a good choice but I am not sure how to handle interactions between the ...
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How hidden classes allows faster access to properties in google's V8?

As Lars Bak and Jay Conrod described in several videos and papers, the main idea of hidden classes in V8 is to store concrete offset or transition to another hidden class which probably contains this ...
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storm topology to handle “dating website”-like workloads

suppose im writing a dating website, similar to okcupid. there are profiles, and i need to compute the (N^2) "match" table - given every 2 profiles whats the match between them? i was thinking this ...
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Mobile development project architecture model/pattern

I would like to hear some improvement suggestions for mobile development (Android/iOS) project architectures. I would like to go for a "safe" design, modular and that can be easily maintained in time. ...
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Layers of confusion (abstraction)

I have been assigned to a project where the end-product is a website as a music community. So it's uploading of music, sharing it amongst other users, listening to music from the website and so forth. ...
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How granular should we get with repositories?

Is it better to have a repository per model (this could be a class that represents a table from the database) or should just have one big repository for all data access methods? I have done the ...
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Don't Use “Static” in C#?

I submitted an application I wrote to some other architects for code review. One of them almost immediately wrote me back and said "Don't use "static". You can't write automated tests with static ...
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Do bare computer systems (without OS installed) use (executable) files?

As far as I read, files are introduced in OS books. Before an OS is installed on a bare computer system, does the computer use files? In particular, executable files have formats in OSes, e.g. ...
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Models, types, different views and meta data

We have a software which purpose is to be used to help users build their own applications. It has to be very loose coupled with the infrastructure: for example, I can imagine users running it on MySQL ...
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One dll or many? [duplicate]

I currently have one "library" dll that has one module for each topic: Text, Reflection, Security, Math, FileSystem, FTP, Mail, Serialization, etc. In each module are public helper methods that may ...
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Managing non-domain application behaviour in CQRS

Here's a scenario. I am building QueueUnderflow, a community-edited Q&A site for people who haven't yet grasped the basics of data structures. My users don't like it when people edit their posts ...
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Differences between Instruction set (architecture) and machine language?

Tanenbaum's Structured Computer Organization says: Every computer has an ISA (Instruction Set Architecture), which is a set of registers, instructions, and other features visible to its ...
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Client-Server Application Object with child Objects

Actually I'm going to build an Client Server Application, at the Login I recive the User Object from the Server. An user has a List of tasks, but I don't want to load them at the Login. So what would ...
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Points to Understand Architecture of an Application/System [closed]

We are working on a knowledge transition of multiple applications (around 700). To make the process easy, I am preparing a list of key points we need to consdier for understanding the architecture of ...
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Does cpu cache affects boot time?

...and most probably I should refer to the instruction cache, since data cache is unlikely to have major effects in boot time of a system... lets say for windows 7 64bit or any other example you may ...
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What level of a computer system does firmware run on?

In the following levels of a computer system, on which level does firmware (e.g. BIOS) run? I guess: BIOS doesn't depend on OS, so it must run on some level lower than level 3. BIOS is written in ...
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Best way to accelerate data access to two data warehouses?

I am embarking on a business intelligence project which will require abstracting access to two existing data warehouses. I need to design an application architecture to allow self-service business ...
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How do microservice system architectures avoid network bottlenecks?

I've been reading a lot about microservice architectures for server applications, and have been wondering how the internal network usage is not a bottleneck or a significant disadvantage compared to a ...
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What's the correct way to architect multiple ASP.NET MVC applications dealing with similar data?

I am currently working to replace a bunch of legacy applications. The first one is getting close to being released, which will mean I will be starting the second one. Each application deals with a ...
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Modular Web App Network Architecture

Assuming that I am dealing with dedicated physical servers or VPSs, is it conceivable and does it make sense to have distinct servers setup with the following roles to host a web application? ...
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How do you prioritize initial sprints to maximise the chance of catching architecture errors early?

I've worked on several projects that have used agile successfully as a means of providing continuous improvement on an already mature piece of software. But I've found it's much harder to be "agile" ...
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OOP - How to refactor a “pyramid architecture”

Unbeknownst to me while I was building it, I built a "pyramid" architecture. I did not realize this until I laid it out in my new Visual Studio 2013 Layer Diagrammer. Each layer depends on the layer ...
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MQTT, GWT, ActiveMQ stack to bring jms to the browser

I am in the preliminary stages of architecting a legacy replacement project. They already have sub half second performance on their green screens and they want the same on their web app. We have ...
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Class design and object references

Here is a very basic example of what I am trying to do. In reallity there are more relations but not something extreme or memory heavy. public class ClassA : ISomething { public double property ...
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What architecture/design to adopt when consuming a RESTful API? (iOS App)

TL;DR Part 1) I want to refactor the biggest part of the app on which I work - and it is pretty much spaghetti. It's a single class that makes the requests to the server, parses the JSON and saves ...
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Calling Web API vs adding reference to underlying dlls

This is more of an Architecture question, and I want to know all the possible pros and cons of the approach. In my org, we have an ASP.NET Application say "A", a Web API Project say "W", and ...
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Architecture: Validate polymorphic votes - Controller or Model?

I have a question because I don't want to do something wrong. I have a polymorphic relation called votes. Well, I want to save votes but I need to validate if a user already has voted. But even if, ...
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Content delivery design

I'm designing a system where users can access files stored in an external content storage service such as AWS's S3. Here's a simple diagram: ------ ------------ ----------------- | User ...
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SOC and self-initializing configuration

Disclaimer: I'm using C# for code examples. But I guess they should be readable/understandable for everyone. If they are not: please leave a comment. Okay I have a Client-Server application. The ...
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Grouping and nesting of REST APIs

My question is around best practice of aggregating or grouping REST APIs. I have a scenario where there are many different vendors, data sources, etc. and I think grouping REST APIs would make a lot ...
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Synchronization between two systems using MongoDB as changelog

We are developing two related system. One of them (A) will be installed in our customers' machines. The remaining (B) will be used by my organization. Each system has its own database (relational) ...
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iOS chat application design, sending/relaying the message over to the end user

I have a design question. Let us say you were tasked with building a chat application, specifically for iOS (iOS Chat Application). For simplicity let us say you can only chat with one person at a ...
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Multitier architecture using API

I have been reading a number of posts and I am leaning towards building an SOA. My main dependencies are: Need to support multiple clients Need individual client environments to not effect other ...
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Best approach for managing users that are defined inside the active directory , inside my custom application

I want to start a new asp.net mvc5 Personal Appraisals web project. Now I will have a module inside the system for managing users, and adding info such as primary role, secondary role , main skills , ...
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Service layer - fat service classes?

Let's say that I have a service for Job Offer entity in CRM app. Job offer is related to many many things, so there will be lot of methods on service layer to interact with above. What should be ...
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Program Architecture: How to manage objects that are interdependent

Consider the following case, image I making a simple chat program; I want it to be extensible such that it would be fair easy to add add different scripting and user interfaces. I want the core ...
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Best approach for a server configuration data collection and reporting solution from a legacy script?

I have a project which involves collecting config data from windows servers in our (very large) server estate. My manager wants me to collect over 150 data items across all configuration areas ...