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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Where do utility libraries fit in a layered architecture?

Consider this mock-up of a software stack designed with layered architecture in mind : Every application layer is decoupled through API calls, but a memory handling library is used throughout. All ...
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How Byte loading/storing is implemented By the CPU?

I know that in 32bit machine, cpu read from memory 32bits at a time. since the registers in this case is 32bit in size too, I can understand how this works. What I don't understand is how the cpu ...
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Interfaces and abstraction: takes more time?

At the company I work for I want to improve the way we write software: designing our applications more SOLID. We've been in a new project for a few weeks and I've tried to apply some good practices in ...
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Making applications build system-aware

Build systems for web applications are great: they give dependency management, code minification, and the ability to use tech like SASS or CoffeeScript that require pre-processing. However, I find ...
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Poker software architecture

I have some classes so far. Hand stores information like SB, BB, ante, collection of Players HandState inherits from class Hand. has members like phase {POSTING BLINDS, PREFLOP, FLOP, TURN, RIVER, ...
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What does bootstrapping mean in the context of Laravel? [closed]

I see 'the bootstrap process' mentioned in Dayle Rees Laravel tutorial "Code Bright" but no explanation of what it actually means. The Wikipedia definitions on Bootstrapping in computing don't seem to ...
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Modelling network and persistent entity representations

I have an app where I need to synchronize some entities (simply download latest versions of entities from server to client). Entity has bunch of text properties and bunch of resource links (referenced ...
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What is the role of the lead developer in an agile team?

In a non-agile development team a lead developer generally: Sets the standard (coding and otherwise) Researches new technologies for the team Sets the technical direction for the team Has the final ...
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Ensuring non conflicting components in a modular system

So lets say we are creating a simple "modular system" framework. The bare bones might be the user management. But we want things like the Page Manager, the Blog, the Image Gallery to all be "optional"...
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Entity Framework - Loading Related Entities Explicitly

I have been using Entity Framework for a few years. I have flip-flopped between calling out to repositories in my business logic or using lazy loading to retrieve data as I work my way through the ...
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REST object with resources

I am designing a HTTP-based REST API. Let's say I have an entity called Entity that has a bunch of properties. Some of its properties are files. Let's say Entity has following properties: name: ...
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DDD / Optimizing a specific service belonging to a specific bounded context regarding hardware

Well known is the split of a whole application into several bounded contexts to emerge an Ubiquitous language. while practicing Domain-Driven Design. In general, 1 bounded context = 1 archive file ...
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How to make my code decide which class to instantiate based on a parameter?

I have a system in which I will perform queries to a database. I want Query1, Query2 and Query3 to use the same methods in their way to the data source layer. To do that I would like to make ...
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Best practice for projects architecture - server side [closed]

The usual way (that I'm familiar with) to divide the server side is the n-layer architecture : DAL - data access layer, usually has the Entities and the context (and maybe include also a repository) ...
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The problem of dependencies management

Let's consider the next situation: We have a module A which has a class Crt570 intended to interact with a device. We have a module B which uses Crt570 in the class called M100Communicator. We have ...
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A specific problem with architecturing a part of our application

Firstly, I'll try to describe the real world model of what we are trying to express in C# code. We have a device called M100. It's purpose is to read\write data from\into cards (plastic or ULTRALIGHT ...
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Refactoring sought for replacing shared data types in .NET component

I am in charge with updating a software product that is made up of two components the Controller process and the UI process. The Controller and the UI communicate via XML messages. Furthermore, the ...
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Make a monolithic architecture in something modular

Currently my architecture is a monolithic block that handles a really specific duty. Now it needs to be generalized. Right now it handles a request and all processes (1 or many) associated to it. ...
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Client/server model where the server rejects connections from *newer* clients

I'm using a piece of commercial software where the server will reject any attempt to connect to it from a newer client. In other words, you can use version 8 of the client to connect to a v10.0 ...
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DDD - Domain Driven Design, which development order should be applied?

1 - Design my entities, ie (in python): class Account: def __init__(name, author): self.name = name self.email = email 2 - Design my repositories: (as interface) class ...
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Why are JOINS deprecated for a in-memory database?

Correct me if I'm misunderstanding. Refer to the following sentence: Stack Overflow copied a key part of the Wikipedia database design. This turned out to be a mistake which will need massive ...
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Ensure that each class has only one responsibility, why?

According to Microsoft documentation, the Wikipedia SOLID principe article, or most IT architects we must ensure that each class has only one responsibility. I would like to know why, because if ...
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calling an abstract method in abstract class

Suppose i have an abstract base class Parent which defines an abstract Method A(some parameter) taking a parameter, also it defines an instance Method B which calls method A(parameter) inside its ...
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Domain driven design and WCF services architecture

I am trying to figure out how to architecture my project in the DDD paradigm (a complete beginner in DDD) and stumbled upon a problem about the implementation of the web services... These are some ...
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Fighting technical debt as the “lowest developer”?

Let's say you work for a company and what you do is develop software for them. You have no idea of the big picture or maybe slight. What you do have are tasks assigned to you via issue tracking system....
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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 ...
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Backing up messages in S3 within a Storm topology

In my project we are trying to build up a KIND-of-a-lambda storm based architecture. The component would be responsible for indexing the site usage events so we expect a quite massive random load. The ...
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Contradiction of layered design and global data access for analytics reporting

While developing an application (mobile app for Android), our team always strives to use best development practices such as interfaces, layering and separation of concerns. When it comes to reporting ...
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Schemaless NoSQL RESTful design?

In a recent project; I used MongoDB with MongoEngine (an ORM/ODM for Python). This allowed me to specify schema in a central "Model". My new project I am hosting on Windows Azure; and there is no ...
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Question/Answer for multiple Users - How should I design it?

I'm wondering about a good way to deal with a Question/Answer - Model for multiple Users. My goal is to have an efficient and readable model where all the results of my users are stored. Every user ...
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Entities optional relations: separate classes or single class?

Lets focus on a domain object that is related to more other (different!) entities. Sometimes we need one relation and sometimes the other. Let's be agile and say: we don't know in a front how many ...
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How to design a scriptable communication emulator?

Requirement: We need a tool that simulates a hardware device that communicates via RS232 or TCP/IP to allow us to test our main application which will communicate with the device. Current flow: ...
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How to Recover from Inconsistent Job State without Database Polling

I'm working on scaling an application which is currently polling a mySQL database to send async jobs to a background processing system. A state machine is being used to keep track of the entities ...
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Should We Use Surrogate Primary Keys for Every Table? [duplicate]

We are developing a data model for a marketing database that will import transaction, customer, inventory, etc. files and the directive is ONE process that works for every client. We have been told ...
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Database design: circular reference but dynamically created

I am trying to design database for this case: Assignments have vectors, relation is 1:N Assignments have submissions, relation is 1:N Submissions have executions, relation is 1:N Every execution ...
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Mapping between 4+1 architectural view model & UML

I'm a bit confused about how the 4+1 architectural view model maps to UML. Wikipedia gives the following mapping: Logical view: Class diagram, Communication diagram, Sequence diagram. Development ...
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Video conferencing server architecture

I am developing a video conference application with the following requirements: Audio works like call conference, where all participants may talk at the same time. However, video works like ...
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Architecture for a template-building, WYSIWIG application

I'm building a WYSIWYG designer in Ember.js. The designer will allow users to create campaigns - think MailChimp. To build a campaign, users will choose an existing template. The template will have a ...
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Processing csv files (alternative to business logic in DB)

We are working on a fulfillment system for an online book store. Everyday we receive tens of CSV files (about 90 files) with data about purchased orders. Example: OrderId | BookTitle | ...
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Architectural problem for Activity communication in an Android app

I maintain an open source Flickr app Glimmr for Android. There is currently an architectural issue around pagination that I've been trying to solve for quite a while, and would appreciate ideas. ...
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How to build configurable forms?

I'm working on two separate projects now that are essentially just CMSs -- a bunch of forms for recording various bits of information. Each project is built to serve many clients, and each client ...
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How do I stop designing and start architecting this project as suggested by my lead? [closed]

I'm a junior developer (~3 years' exp.) and at my job we're in the process of architecting a new system. My lead developer will be the principal architect, however he's challenged me to try ...
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Decoupling Server and Client using REST API

I was thinking about how I can decouple a web-application completely into a server-side and a client-side component. I want to decouple the app to the extent that I can host both components on ...
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Which relationship is more natural?

Have a quick question on how to best structure something for my Java project: I'm a user. I can work at one or more places. At those workplaces, I have one or more roles. For each of these roles, I ...
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Good strategy to implement a listener processing tasks provided by the database

Let's assume this conceptual scenario: The database is constantly populated with "a ton" of tasks named PleaseSendAnEmail. A scheduler/listener in background is aimed to handle those tasks. Of ...
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Is it an acceptable practice to Get a property, that involve parsing binary, that might throw an exception?

I have a property that is loaded lazily, any time after the ctor is called. It is possible that the binary that my property relies on is invalid. If invalid I might have to throw an exception. ...
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How do I respond to incoming network messages in a way that achieves loose coupling?

I'm working on a client-server sort of protocol right now in Ruby. I've hit a snag where I'm not entirely sure how to proceed. Currently, I have a class, Remote that signifies a remote connection (for ...
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Should I really need to implement event sourcing is this case?

An example of use case when event sourcing is applicable here whose excerpt is: Say, something went wrong in your app and as a result, a user gets blocked for abuse but that user claims to not ...
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Organisation by business function vs technical function

I am designing a large application (a static code analyser) and I have a choice in how to organise the code into modules: One approach is by what I'd call by technical function. This is where you ...
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Why database as queue so bad? [closed]

I've just read this article, and I'm confused. Let's imagine 1 webapp and 1 distinct application acting as "worker", both sharing the same database. Oh, I said "sharing"..but what does the article ...