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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“Who” should handle side tasks for events?

I'm currently on the process of creating a website/webapp. My application is based on Node JS with the express framework. My core backend concept consists of routers: handle http request. Like [...
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Architecture: API with slightly different behavior depending on the logged-in user roles

How should I structure a piece of code that executes an operation, but may have slightly different behavior depending on, let's say, user roles? Example: My app has a 'manager' and a 'employee' roles....
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REST API vs directly DB calls in Desktop Application

I am currently planing an application that will be used in a company. It is required to build a Desktop Application. At the moment they are not sure if the application should be available on mobile or ...
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Design pattern for abstracting interaction between multiple resources

So far I've been building applications abstracting data entity operations behind the use of Repositories. Each of them would encapsulate the domain that corresponds to their defined entity. For ...
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If a number is too big does it spill over to the next memory location?

I've been reviewing C programming and there are just a couple things bothering me. Let's take this code for example: int myArray[5] = {1, 2, 2147483648, 4, 5}; int* ptr = myArray; int i; for(i=0; i&...
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Architecture for Web application to monitor remote servers

So I'm a relatively new programmer, attempting to create a web application (ASP.net) to display the system information (E.G. Status of windows services, disk & resource usage and errors in event ...
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How do you test a selenium framework?

I have a very large selenium test framework I use to test a web application. It it built around a page-object pattern. This week I fixed a bug in a low level piece of the framework, but it broke many ...
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How does an product order payment works during a race condition?

This is a pretty generalized question which I am asking. Scenario 1 I have a product 'Pen' which has a quantity of 1. Now 2 users a and b has come to buy the product.User 'a' clicked on buy now and ...
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Personal pages domains architecture

We're looking to add personal pages generator for our users, which is simple enough while all of them are on our domain. We also want to enable them to purchase their own domains through us, and serve ...
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How to properly index MongoDB with ElasticSearch?

we are working on a JAVA EE project which handles huge amount of data, but has to provide full-text-search option (in hungarian language). So we started to think about what kind of architecture could ...
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Managing widgets in a simple GUI framework

So, I'm still working on my small GUI "library". (C++ with boost) The goal is to provide a simple solution for small SPI displays, using a Raspberry or some embedded board. Thus, I ended up having a ...
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Joins between datasets in data models

I'm struggling to understand how to join data between data domains in application properly. Say, I have three domains, User, Post and Like: User - id - login - password - active - ... Post - id - ...
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Mobile app architecture to improve speed and reduce data transfer

Business Context of the Problem Our iphone app allows users to pay merchants and earn rewards. Users can also do things like: View transaction history View their points and available rewards, or ...
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Multi tenancy or multi instance?

I'm trying to build a web-based SaaS solution, and I hit a road where I'm not sure to use multi tenancy or multi instance. I will try to describe what I'm trying to achieve, and each approach ...
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Methods of separating front and back-end with full stack javascript?

Suppose I have a front-end which is mostly a single-page application written using angular, grunt, and bower. And suppose I have a backend, which is mostly just a REST API sitting on top of an ORM, ...
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Fork Management of Git Multi-level Hierarchies

We have the following Git hierarchy structure in place, where each child is forked from the parent. If we build something in Client1 that will be useful in the entire hierarchy, what is the best way ...
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Should the Vector type inherit from the Array type in an environment where both are first-class objects

I have created a programming language that is based on java for a personal project. The language already has generic classes and functions and the generics are completely compatible with primitive ...
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Job Scheduling, Stored Procedures

I am working on a polyglot web app project that has functionalities that can be separated, but that rely on each other. I am unfamiliar with the following (what key words to even search for, what ...
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Microservices and isolated data storage models [duplicate]

I have been looking at Microservices for a while now. The concept is not new but it's communicated in a lightweight manner. So, I am very excited about this. However, there is a question that I am ...
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How to refine the architecture, look for better solutions and not to spoil relationship with the team?

TL;DR What are the good practices of iterative search of a better solution? Well, if I knew everything in advance and could immediately suggest 146% correct solution for a given context, I'd ...
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How to manage microservices? [closed]

We are trying to adopt the microservice approach to our newly developed application. However, we found that there are too many repos, branches, and releases need to be managed. Originally, we only ...
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How to build a product modeling framework

We have a legacy ASP.Net application (written in c# a few years ago) which allows a factory manufacture a number of custom-made products. Different attributes such as color, length, width, etc. are ...
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Microservices architecture and bounded contexts

In the past few days I've been reading some things about microservices architecture. I didn't get the whole point yet, since I'm just starting with this, but there's one point which caught my ...
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Command handler executing commands with different dependencies

Well basically, I have an Engine class that recieves a command as string from the input and passes it to a CommandHandler class which executes the apropriate command. The CommandHandler passes the ...
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Using SMS as transaction in offline situations

Currently, I have this hybrid mobile application which talks to my C# web service to do CRUD transactions. As the mobile application is always on the go, and there might not have internet connectivity ...
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Sharing identical events, with differing scopes, between client and server libraries, in a micro-service architecture

I have a shared user repository (id, name, e-mail, password, etc.) exposed as a REST service - and multiple independent web-sites accessing this REST service (from the back-end) as a means of sharing ...
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Choosing between Dependency Inversion and Dependency “Delegation” to a third module

Suppose I have MasterPackage containing a Master class, and BlasterPackage containing Blaster class. Since Master needs a Blaster to work, the higher level MasterPackage depends directly on lower-...
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Is event sourcing only for when writes are rare?

I'm reading up on event sourcing and can't stop asking myself if it only makes sense in exotic situations where writes are very rare or military-grade auditing is required. A non-exceptional system ...
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APIs and functional programming

From my (admittedly limited) exposure to functional programming languages, such as Clojure, it seems that encapsulation of data has a less important role. Usually various native types such as maps or ...
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Is having only static pages calling the backend a good idea?

I'm new to web applications development, specially when it comes to frontend, but as I understood, a typical structure for a big application would have a frontend php (or equivalent) layer calling the ...
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Type checking in factory, bad practice?

I'm working on an existing code base and am trying to reduce a lot of duplication and gain some polymorphic behavior. Right now I have a type of domain object with an abstract base class and two (at ...
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Multiple controllers for same resource based on user's Role

I'm having trouble designing this role (or permission) based application, when it comes to figuring out how to handle actions that differ per use role. For instance, our controller is App\...
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pipeline step with two outputs which will be used by different later steps

I am creating a java package which offers an API based on a pipeline pattern. That is I have a series of steps which can be plugged together in any combination provided their inputs match the Output ...
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Architecture on OpenStack with Docker [closed]

My team presently has an application in production that was hastily written and poorly maintained. In an effort to slowly replace pieces of the overall application and address bottlenecks, I’ve been ...
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Why do programmers define programming models to replace C/POSIX for parallelism?

Providers of new computer architectures regularly try to introduce new programming models, e.g. recently CUDA/OpenCL for GPGPUs, and displace C/POSIX as the control interface to platform ...
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Implementing per-user storage usage quota in SaaS products

In a SaaS solution, that allows users to maintain their data on the server, if I have to implement various pricing schemes, where each scheme offers different storage quota, say, Basic subscription ...
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How to design a meta model for configuration? [closed]

In our software we have a client/server architecture where the server is actually running on an embedded system with various hardware components (sensors, etc.). The different sensors as well as other ...
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Making major version step in software development in separate repository [duplicate]

Currently we are planning to switch from our software version 5.x.x to 6.x.x. Such major releases contains in our case a lot of refactoring work and changing the software architecture. Instead of ...
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How to write highly changeable, highly complex software? [closed]

I know questions like this has been asked before. But none of them truly answered me. How to keep a big and complex software product maintainable over the years? How do you organize highly customized ...
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Architecture/technology for implementing Management console [closed]

I'm having a distributed environment which include several machines under the same network , which are being controlled by another computer in another network which is also running a UI for doing the ...
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Web Services vs Server Side Methods

With all the front end development frameworks now available. I'd like to know if the generally accepted protocol is for a back end service to simply provide web services for the front end to consume? ...
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Enterprise Architecture: Where to put persistence/dbContext management? [closed]

I'm working on architecting a somewhat enterprise-level solution and have a question about how to best handle the persistence details. My overall setup is that there's a core set of business logic/...
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I have one app on one server - is there a critical reason to use a web server like IIS or NGINX? [closed]

Considering the following For a stack: ASP.NET/MVC5 WebApi with Single Page Application (SPA). This typically must run in IIS or hosting container (OWIN). I want to deploy multiple web application ...
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Uncle Bob's clean architecture - An entity/model class for each layer?

BACKGROUND : I'm trying to use Uncle Bob's clean architecture in my android app. I studied many open source projects that are trying to show the right way to do it, and I found an interesting ...
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Where to describe architectural problems?

I joined the middle of a middle size project, which runs already for several years. One of problems is that the document describing the architecture was never written. Now I was assigned a task to ...
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What are the benefits of Docker? [duplicate]

Docker is becoming quite popular. I've used it as an end-user just 3 times, and it never worked as expected. But assuming it does work, can you please list some actual benefits? And contrast them with ...
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Architecture supporting digitally signing of tons of soap requests [closed]

What is the optimal architecture for such case: Web application(.Net Web Forms) connects to third party web service via wcf. Third party web service accepts only digitally signed soap requests Some ...
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How to write unit tests for an application that mostly performs “hard to test” actions? [duplicate]

In my company we develop medical data-acquisition systems. The main functions of each application are: Interface with data-sampling hardware; Save/load collected data to/from files on disk; Perform ...
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Is it always the best way to go to queue emails instead of sending them real-time? [duplicate]

If you had to decide between queueing emails and sending them real-time, is it always the best way to go putting them in a queue and sending them one by one instead of instantly as soon as a user ...
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Design review of a small configuration framework [closed]

I want to create a simple configuration framework. Yes I know, there are many frameworks, which make their job very well. But for interesting in architecture, I want to create my own. My framework ...