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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Should we enforce code style in our large codebase? [duplicate]

By "code style" I mean 2 things: Style, eg. // bad if(foo){ ... } // good if (foo) { ... } Conventions and idiomaticity, where two ways of writing the same thing are functionally equivalent, but ...
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How to handle “circular dependency” in dependency injection

The title says "Circular Dependency", but it is not the correct wording, because to me the design seems solid. However, consider the following scenario, where the blue parts are given from external ...
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Implementing a modern web application with Web API on top of old services

My company has many WCF services which may or may not be replaced in the near future. The old web application is written in WebForms and communicates straight with these services via SOAP and returns ...
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Where should the “not empty field” validation code be written on a 3-layer application?

When working with the 3-layer model, where should the validation code be placed? for: not empty fields, unchecked options, null values, wrong-written dates, etc. To keep total isolation between a ...
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How often do you refactor or restructure your code in long term projects? [duplicate]

As developers we are always eager to learn new things and better ourselves at what we do. You've all had moments when you look at your old code and get that feeling: "WTH, I can't believe I used ...
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“Middle ground” architecture for client-server iOS apps?

I see two obvious approaches to the architecture for an iOS app which needs to talk to a server to do its job. Pretend to be a web browser Under this approach, the app fetches a chunk of data ...
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How to ensure the success of processes after a deadlock exception occurs?

No matter the programming language is and whatever the database is, the concept should be the same: I have 2 threads, each locking some database entities and inserting new data in database. Let's ...
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Which layer should service errors be handled in?

I am coding in a multitier architecture in Java, and I perform a query to a web service. Is it better form for the errors returned by the service be handled in the data access layer or in the ...
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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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Implementing multiple tables for the same entity due to processing power on Client apps

I reached a design/architectural issue on the large application I'm working on, at the point of writing possibles solutions on a chalkboard. Our product consist of a client-server information system ...
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alerting that an object cannot be deleted (due to constraints)

Assume an application with a rich domain model with many classes (e.g School, Classroom, Teacher, Student, Course, Exam, Submission, ...) linking to each other. Model and links are mapped to the ...
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Assigning responsibility for cancelling an Order

During a conversation with our Domain Expert we can across this feature: A Customer service agent can cancel an Order by decreasing its quantity. To cancel an Order we decrease its quantity by the ...
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Things developers do before the coding phase [closed]

I'm a new software developer, and in my internship my boss asked me to develop an application that allows him to manage his inventory. Something small but, for me, very enriching. The application is ...
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Data generation system modular design

I am trying to think of the most sensible way to design the architecture of a data generation system with several steps. Data in the system goes through several transformations which can be divided ...
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Architecture for dashboard

I'd like to know if my Architecture idea, is the best approach following some pattern. I'll create a Dashboard for my company, and I never will delete or update data in my database, just read the ...
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How do you make a service stateless?

When doing Domain Driven Design it is advised that services should be stateless. There are several kinds of services when doing DDD: Application services. Domain services. Infrastructure services. ...
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Long running task initiated in the web site

The plan is to develop generic solution for long running task initiated in web site by users such as: 1. upload large file and do some custom processing and then insert in the database. 2. export ...
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How to maintain view-related information in MVVM and may I store this in the model?

I have an ongoing discussion with some colleagues on how to manage the views to our model. We've got a model which may be represented by many views. Let's say we've got some data that is stored in an ...
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Is there anything inherently bad about mixing paradigms in an application?

I am currently in the process of writing a (custom) Minecraft server application in C#. I figured it's a good way to teach me a lot of important things like concurrency and especially memory ...
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Architecture for application-wide diagnostic-gathering tool?

My product owner wants us to report more information on the state of the product when a user contacts customer service through an in-app form. The form eventually results in an email being sent to a ...
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Creating system diagrams for a small app

I am learning system design (on my own) and still I am not clear on a few things. Assume there is a simple application with a front-end and a database for storing of the data. In the system ...
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Queue of jobs in a different states and with different services around

I need to design a 'queue' of jobs (in a a very much UI oriented application) that can be run by a user and I need some other thoughts to pick optimal approach from ground up. My jobs can be in a ...
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Implementing state-driven agents within an Entity-Component-System approach

A state-driven agent is an agent that performs an action based on its current state. The logic can be implemented through the use of a D-FSM that changes state depending on the Agent's "perception" ...
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Observing progress of a distributed system

For a distributed system, there is a requirement of observing the progress of smaller applications on distributed computers (runtime 5 - 20 minutes). There is a web fronted, which right now only ...
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Integrate MS Dynamics AX with Play Framework

In my company we use MS Dynamics AX 2009. This is the ERP of the company. We have around 100 users. The servers of MS Dynamics AX are in the headquarters company. We are developping a new website ...
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What would you avoid re-inventing at all costs? [closed]

We recently had to re-invent a high-availability queueing engine like RabbitMQ (for various reasons). Naturally this turned out to be more time consuming and expensive than expected. What type of ...
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What is a good design approach in .NET for performing a series of checks in background process?

I have a flight planning system in .NET/SQL Server which needs to perform several validation checks. This needs to work on both a windows and a web client. Currently the checks run synchronously but ...
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Onion Architecture Structure

I am looking to understand and implement the Onion Architecture and have a vague idea on how to structure everything but need help to clear up some of my confusion. Based on different examples and ...
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How to handle hidden folders on deployed website

Our security team at work did a security scan of our soon-to-be-deployed website and one of the items that was found was "Hidden Directory Detected". It shows up for 3 different folders, ...
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Designing module interfaces

I'm studying software engineering and one thing I'm really trying to improve is my skill in software architecture. My question is quite broad, so I'll try to explain it with an example. Suppose you ...
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AngularJS directive architecture: Where to put parameters?

I'm using a charts-Plugin (Morris.js) in my AngularJS application. I'm building a directive for each type of chart. The plugin is called like this: new Morris.Line({ // ID of the element in which ...
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Applications of Artificial Intelligence on regular business applications [closed]

This is a doubt I had for a really long time. I'm currently learning the basics of AI, mostly from Peter Norvig's book. I already know that you can use several AI techniques in Data Mining and ...
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Web Services of System Integration

I have been assigned to a system integration project. However, I do not understand part of the integration implementation architecture. For example, I have a passport scanner connected to a Windows ...
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Good way to handle the notification counter like Facebook does

I want to build a similar notification mechanism that Facebook handles. I actually store the user's notification in an SQL table (actually it's a graph database but everybody master RDBMS terms). ...
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Differentiating Standalone and Client-Server architectures

I was wondering what is the exact difference between a client-server and a standalone application, particularly in following scenario. For example lets say there is a win forms application running on ...
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Multiple intranet/internet systems partially working on same data - database strategy

We are starting rewritting our apps (Internet portal, millions of unique users and few CRM/ERP systems, few hundred users) and we have a huge decision to make now. We are going to write them mostly ...
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Coupling business logic with class definitions

Perhaps it is my scripting background, but my perspective is that the purpose of an object should be to contain data. Classes are necessary in that they provide templates and standard ways to classify ...
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Multilayered enterprise application use of JAXB objects

I am asked to refactor and maintain an enterprise application. Normally I'm used to using the MVC design pattern. This time however, I'd like to separate everything into layers (multilayered ...
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What is a good practice to push notifications in a “near real-time” delay in this case?

I want to enable some real-time notifications about friend's activities (social network). Technical context is: Webapp calling backend (REST API's). Scenario is: Kevin follows Bob. When Bob ...
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Entirely separate business logic layer from MVC

We are currently refactoring our controller methods in ASP.NET MVC application. At the beginning we've separated data access layer (our goal was to remove LINQ from controllers entirely). Now we are ...
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Should I persist notification before or after publishing it through Redis pub/sub?

I'm implementing a mechanism to notify a group of users about newly inserted blog comments. The architecture uses the Redis Pub/Sub mechanism. By definition, the pub/sub mechanism aims to propagate ...
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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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Use and manage Front End Assets for Web

I am a beginner and am currently developing a kind of cms using PHP. The number of libraries that we can potentially use in the front end is large. I have a question about properly selecting, ...
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Is this database design sound and fully normalised?

I'm creating a database to store words. The intended usage is to query the database to find a word matching a set of filters. E.g. if I wanted to find a word with < 10 letters, < 3 syllables, ...
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Architecture of large-scale API (User Management)

We are currently designing an API that will hide different services (Product, Content, User etc) that will be used by our own website, our own apps etc. It is not a public API. We are looking into ...
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How to structure REST api service that accepts POST parameters in the body

Everything I've read says to pass parameters to a REST service in the URI, whether by template, or query string: https://www.myapp/my/login/api/authenticate/ganders/mypassword or ...
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Architecture for maintaining/executing multiple versions of same strategy / functionality in live application

So I am working with a customer who has an older application that has quite a few interesting quirks. Among other things, it has its own code version system for business functions, by storing the ...
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Broadcasting - Listening to replies

We use JS by the way, but I think it's language agnostic. I'm open to ideas. We have this "pub-sub" framework that we use at work to fix the problem of tightly-coupled code. Works fine. Modules ...
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Pattern to use to relate multiple data sources to different user data widgets

I have an client x server intranet application the basically gets data from the server, format it and send that data to the client for display. At the server we are using ASP.NET C# running on IIS ...
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Building simulation architectures : Which one to choose?

I am writing a simulation which unites discrete event and continuous system simulation. For example, you can use State Charts, System Dynamics and Queues side by side. Theese will then reduced to ...