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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What is the process of planning software called? Or what is the job title of someone who does software planning?

What is the process of planning software called? For example, let's say a non-technical person comes to me with their rough initial specification. And I sit down with them over a couple weeks and ...
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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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Is there a name for the anti-pattern of over-using event busses for uncoupling?

While global event busses can certainly help to previously tightly coupled code, they come with a big cost when applied impetuously and oftentimes conflict with dependency injection. Let's assume we ...
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Examples of modern, well designed C++ projects that don't use object-orientation? [on hold]

Does anyone know of any open-source, well-designed and moderately modern C++ projects that do not use an Object-Oriented approach? It could be either done in a functional fashion, or in a more ...
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Domain driven design, can two aggregates have the same root?

For the purpose of separating different functionality into different classes, I have two following Aggregates: ActiveEmployee AssignTask () ReassignManager () Deactivate (string reason) ...
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Synchronizing content between web-based app and game server

I have a MUD server, written in C, that I'm trying to move from file-based storage to MongoDB. Eventually, I'd like to offload administration of game content and settings to a web console, written in ...
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How to securely store user credentials from external website

I'm developing an application where I'd like to use credentials from external websites. This will be used to login with the website API and get information for the user. Example: I want to use the ...
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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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Should I use BLOB or Tables for storing large data?

Problem Currently investigating a solution to improve the performance of a web application. The application works well for small projects, but faces performance issues in the UI when working with ...
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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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How to expose the domain model as options to drive the view behavior

First off, I'm not thrilled with the title, so I'm open to suggestions there. Here's my question: I'm designing a simple application that takes input from a user and produces an output document. ...
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Does this data processing pipeline design need to be so complex?

I have a data processing pipeline with well defined stages and IO boundaries. I can choose a language to suit the needs of this design. It starts with an InputObject. At the end of each stage, ...
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Conceptual mismatch between DDD Application Services and REST API

I'm trying to design an application that has a complex business domain and a requirement to support a REST API (not strictly REST, but resource-oriented). I have some trouble coming up with a way to ...
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Advice on architecture (WCF / MVC)

First of all, the basics. N-tier application: presentation, business layer, database. It is an old .NET 2.0 (WSE + WinForms) application, a bit more tightly coupled than I'd like, and the requirement ...
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Problems with OO design for application with pluggable components

I'm trying to refactor an ugly code and make it easly extendable in the future. The application should be nothing else but a series of components that have input(s) and output(s). The components ...
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Approach to module development and testing

I have read somewhere that the cost of resolving bugs increases if it is not resolved at the initial stage. Which approach should I take while creating programs? Divide program development in ...
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What are the pros and cons of HTML5, native and hybrid mobile app approaches?

I want to develop a mobile application. I recently read an article on Telerik Forum, which compares among three types of mobile application and I don't know which one should I select to begin with. ...
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When developing an MVC framework, how should I be using Knockout.js?

I'm currently using the Laravel PHP MVC Framework to develop a web application; and it's going along quite nicely. I'm very comfortable with the expectations of the framework and how my application ...
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Service repository and discovery without WSDL

I'm in the very early stages of moving a development team away from large monolithic app development to an SOA approach. One of the things that caught my eye in this article about SOA: Stevey's ...
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Front-end structure of large scale Django project

Few days ago, I started to work in new company. Before me, all front-end and backend code was written by one man. As you know, Django app contains two main directories for front-end: /static - for ...
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Will using a pure MQTT approach be the right decision?

I plan to provide additional functions for a closed-source 3rd party point of sales application. That application is used in restaurants, is run on Windows and uses dbase style databases. I know the ...
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Synchronization of resource that has moved out of requests filter range

I have a RESTful API with corresponding clients. If a client request fetches a set of resources (Events) based on a filter, say events taking place between 2015-04-13 - 2015-04-19. If an event which ...
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Database Normalization vs dependencies

I am developing 3-4 interdependent programs. Call them foo bar baz and auth. I want them to be independent of each other. Imagine if I were to license out each program to other companies. Some ...
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Using session managed application environment vs no protection

First of all sorry for the title, I didn't know how to explain it. So here comes the story; We are bunch of coders, front-end and back-end, and we are going to create this new system, based on ...
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Is contructing complex mocks for unit testing a sign of bad architecture?

The title is fairly self explanatory. To elaborate: I'm currently updating a suite of unit tests for an application which makes heavy use of Entity Framework. We connect to this via a classic ...
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Top Menu bar driving a sidebar sub menu

I have an application written is C# ASP.NET MVC 4 with Razor views. I am a bit stuck on my menu structure. As per the image above, one can see that there is a Top Menu and a Side Menu. The ...
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What is the preferred way to store application configurations?

Most of the time, I store development application config in root directory of the project, like this: app |-- config.json But that doesn't seem to be the best approach, since this config ends up ...
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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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Embedded tomcat cold deployment without service disruption

I have the following scenario. For various reasons I chose to use embedded tomcat for my rest backend that will form a cluster of AWS machines. I will want to deploy fairly frequently updates ...
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How to optimize the application with huge number of database requests per minute

I have to provide free demo of some service to end users in my application. Free demo could be of 30 mins, 1 hours, 5 hours etc. (predefined time) for a new user for one time only. User can also ...
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Understanding how layers are separated in an MVC application

I am using Visual Studio 2013 MVC 5 application using Razor. I want to understand in which order layers sit and interact with each other. In my solution I have: UI Layer (Main Project) - ...
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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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REST-full design: recommended approach for fetching related entities

Suppose I have two entities author and post, were every post has an author. Implemented are these REST calls Get a paginated list of posts: GET /posts?page={page} Get a list of authors: GET ...
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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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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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Should scraper interface with REST service, or directly with DB?

I'm interested in creating an application with a pretty simple architecture, but I'm newly attempting to make it modular and scalable (i.e. backend components as separate projects running in their own ...
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How to design a general AOP in a project? [closed]

This is a general question about how AOP is designed and applied in a .NET/Java……project. AOP has many advantages. However it won't be so easy to apply it directly in projects, for example, many ...
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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 can one simply follow reactive manifesto? [closed]

I am quite confused about the Reactive Manifesto. According to this manifesto a reactive system should be: Responsive Resilient Elastic Message Driven Now for being responsive and resilient, as ...
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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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Application model management questions

Consider the following type of Java / Spring web application, with an SQL database: there are multiple data entity types (about 100) with relations between them the entities are viewed, edited or ...
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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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How do I better manage my Service Bus Quotas in Azure?

I'm trying to determine how best to accomplish the following scenario using the Azure Service Bus. I have millions of devices (desktop software, mobile phone apps, etc) that need to have messages sent ...
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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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Azure table storage and SQL

I am in the middle of an architectural decision that down the line will be important. I have a system where I use ATS (Azure Table Storage) as the store for simple and very little data. It's not ...
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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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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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Shared database vs tightly coupled message model

We have an ASP.NET MVC application sitting on top of a MySQL database. Now we're thinking about creating a public REST API so that third parties may integrate their services with ours. Now, I would ...
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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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Using xsd2Code and custom c# classes

I am using the xsd2code class generator to generate classes based on a schema file provided by a system vendor. This vendor also provides a REST API to access data via Web Services, and I've had a ...