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The difference between the term 'architecture' and 'design'

Feient Peng

Joined: Feb 04, 2009
Posts: 1
I'm preparing my cert SCEA 5.
I use the book McGraw.Hill.SCEA.Sun.Certified.Enterprise.Architect.for.Java.EE.Study.Guide.Exam.310-051

In chapter "Common Architectures and Protocols",there is a section talk about the difference between Architecture vs. Design.they said
"The architecture’s concern realizes nonfunctionality, whereas design is concerned with the business use cases to convert the domain object model into a technical object model. "
"Architecture operates at a high level of abstraction with less detail. Design operates at a low level of abstraction"

I have some confused by this two term,"Design" is not a strict term,it's a process,and Architectures is a structure,not a process, I think there isn't comparability between them.after all,we can say design of Architectures,it's able to be understood .
so,my question is ,do you agree with the view of the writers?
Hong Anderson
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Joined: Jul 05, 2005
Posts: 1936
How do you design your architecture?

For me, architecture (noun) is a special case of design (noun). We can design design, and we can design architecture.

SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
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