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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How are the conceptual pairs Abstract/Concrete, Generic/Specific, and Complex/Simple related to one another in software architecture?

(= 2 (+ 1 1)) take the above. The requirement of the '=' predicate is that its arguments be comparable. Any two structures are comparable in this case, and so the contract/requirement is pretty ...
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Using packages (gems, eggs, etc.) to create decoupled architectures

The main issue Seeing the good support most modern programming platforms have for package management (think gem, npm, pip, etc), does it make sense to design an application or system be composed of ...
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Restructuring a large Chrome Extension/WebApp

I have a very complex Chrome Extension that has gotten too large to maintain in its current format. I'd like to restructure it, but I'm 15 and this is the first webapp or extension of it's type I've ...
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Architecture for dashboard showing aggregated stats

I'd like to know what are common architectural pattern for the following problem. Web application A has information on sales, users, responsiveness score, etc. Some of this information are ...
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Designing a social network with CQRS, graph databases and relational databases in mind

I have done quite an amount of research on the topic so far, but i couldn't come up with a conclusion to make up my mind. I am designing a social network and during my research i stumbled upon graph ...
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What's the most flexible way to ship changeable resources such as icons for an application?

We're currently upgrading some components of our application to new technologies such as C# using WPF and MVVM. Since we try to avoid past mistakes that have been made in our now legacy applications, ...
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If I unite many web apps into one, will I save resources?

I'm comparing 2 different approaches of J2EE application architecture: Divide independent parts as modules of one big web app. Divide independent parts as different web apps running on same server. ...
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How does a search functionality fit in DDD with CQRS?

In Vaughn Vernon's book Implementing domain driven design and the accompanying sample application I found that he implemented a CQRS approach to the iddd_collaboration bounded context. He presents ...
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Why don't we completely de-couple frontend JS frameworks and backend APIs? [closed]

Whenever we implement a frontend framework in the likes of Backbone, AngularJS etc. there's an integration process involved with the backend technologies like NodeJS, Rails, Yii etc. (like setting up ...
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Can a layer consist of multiple projects / dlls?

I am working on the architecture for a new web application and I am pretty much a complete newbie when it comes to architecture. Working my way through .NET Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition ...
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Javascript based application controller in Javascript-less environments

I just got done watching an informative Box tech talk by Nicholas Zakas on a javascript architecture for web development: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKouqShWI4o&feature=youtu.be This image, ...
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Should I use SignalR to synchronize & cache CRUD data to a mobile app?

I'm considering using SignalR to send data to a mobile app, but need to have a way to synchronize data while it's closed or pending updates. Is it a good idea to use Backbone.js <--> SignalR to ...
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How to employ amatuer knowledge of software architecture and design in an agile manner? [closed]

I have a problem when designing any application that is either greenfield or a refactored brownfield due to often finding a potential flaw or an uncertainty with the design or architecture that I ...
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Organizing an image processing pipeline for on-the-fly video analysis

I'm trying to design a system that performs image analysis on video streams from the internet. I have a few rudimentary ideas for how to organize such a system, and I was hoping you guys could ...
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Strategies to manage multiple clients able to simultaneously edit same data

How can I deal with situations when multiple clients might edit same object at the same time? For example, I have a web app with admin console, which lets you edit profile data. Several users want to ...
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Why can't a server continue to act on a request after sending the response?

Say for example I've got a RESTful webservice, and I need to support creating a widget via a POSTed http request. I need to Deserialize the POSTed widget. Validate the deserialized widget. Persist ...
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From a DDD perspective is a report generating service a domain service or an infrastructure service?

Let assume we have the following service whose responsibility is to generate Excel reports: class ExcelReportService{ public String generateReport(String fileFormatFilePath, ResultSet data){ ...
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Unit-based architecture

This is probably a damn fool question, for which I apologise, but I can't seem to get the google syntax right to find an answer. Imagine a Property, like this: private int _type public int Type { ...
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How should a JEE application store credentials for logging in to an external system?

I am in a situation where I have a Web Application (WAR) that is accessing a REST service provided by another application. The REST service uses Basic HTTP Authentication. So that means the ...
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Diagram to express parallelism in a process workflow

I'm modelling part of a software architecture on which several processes run as a workflow. The architecture involves data parallelism, where a certain serial process produces N pieces of data which ...
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DDD: How to reconcile a BoundedContext with REST/WebService DTO's?

I'm just starting to learn about DDD, and I'm trying to understand how Bounded Contexts can be reconciled with client facing API's like REST/WebServices that use DTO's. For example: your system ...
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Which version management design methodology to be used in a Dependent System nodes?

This is my first question so please indicate if my question is too vague and not understandable. My question is more related to High Level Design. We have a system (specifically an ATCA Chassis) ...
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Is there a metric that can be equated to complexity in laymens terms? [closed]

Often times users cannot comprehend the complexity of software. They think that because a problem is easy to describe then it is easy to solve. I want to equate the complexity of a "simple program" ...
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How to implement 'use case control' object in (iOS) MVC?

In an MVC architecture pattern (for e.g., in iOS) there is a controller per view. In UML there is a concept of having Control object per use case to encapsulate an use case, which may span more than ...
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Are the following Use Case Levels determined correctly?

I am confused about use case levels. All I could understand was that use cases that are contained in another use case fall under the level which is below the level of the container use case. I have ...
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Practical programming according to the Dependency Inversion Principle

What the Dependency Inversion Priciple implies in practice is that in a system, high level components should depend on abstractions of the low level components (instead of on the low level components ...
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Model Driven Architecture Approach in programming / modelling

I know the basics of the model driven architecture: it is all about model the system which I want to create and create the core code afterwards. I used CORBA a while ago. First thing that I needed to ...
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Design review: how well does my object oriented design fit the SOLID principles? [closed]

This thread will be long, but I will try to make it as short as I can. Thank you. I have recently implemented a relatively simple program. What this program does is generate a simple piece of music ...
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What is the Loopback Pattern? [closed]

I was reading this blog post about Hexagonal architecture and at the bottom it says: The Loopback pattern is an explicit pattern for creating an internal replacement for an external device. When ...
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Web Application that is independent of web server software

Scenario I haven't faced this requirement before, so I'm not confident with my solution. Our team drew up a plan to design a web application using a basic HAT stack for a project with a 4 month ...
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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 ...
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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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Implementing Rules-type logic without a rules engine (like Drools)?

I have a system that must output decisions and alerts based on input read from a messaging queue. This system will hold state about all objects in memory and update this state based on input from the ...
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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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One huge rails webapp or many small webapps?

We have a huge system to develop, it has 3 main functions: API provider Worker to automated data retrieval Management of data built in workers They all share the same DB, but for scalability ...
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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. ...