Friday, November 27, 2009

BOOK: 97 things every software architect should know

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A few months back I finished the book 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know. I've been slow on blogging, so I hadn't gotten around to my standard follow-up post for books I read.

The books consists of 97 short essays, by various accomplished architects, each with a quick insight. It was a casual and fun read, the kind of book that's easy to sneak in a few pages between changing the kids diapers and fixing the house. It's got a lot of good points. I especially recall an essay about how "the database is your fortress" - GUI and Middle Tier apps change, but you will always have your database.

For hard-core architecture, I thought that Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise and Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture were much more systematic and thorough. But overall, it was still a fun read.