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On Software Architecture for Simon: What really does it entail?

charlsy chuks
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Hi Simon,
In your own words, what will you say is Software architecture and how does it differ from Software Engineering?
Sometimes, it really gets me confused trying to understand both roles. I believe this is thoroughly addressed in your book.
Thank you.

Charles
Simon Brown
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Hi Charles ... there are a number of different "software architecture" definitions out there but, for me, it's basically about structure and vision -> https://leanpub.com/software-architecture-for-developers/read#what-is-architecture

The term "software engineering" is an interesting one, as there's a whole debate about whether software development really is an engineering discipline. Regardless, software architecture (and the role of a software architecture) is basically about introducing structure and vision into a software project. It's about putting some initial building blocks in place and stacking the odds of success in your favour.
charlsy chuks
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Wow thanks for the link. There's a whole lot on that page and some of it I can relate to.
However, you said something about "Software as an engineering discipline being disputed".
I really wonder why but I guess we do not want to digress so we can discuss it in another forum.
Thanks again for the link.

Charles
Simon Brown
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Thanks, you're welcome.

I'm not sure that we (as an industry) have got to the bottom of the "engineering vs craft" discussion yet, but here are some more links on the topic.

"Real software engineering" -> http://www.confreaks.com/videos/282-lsrc2010-real-software-engineering
"Programming is not a craft" -> http://dannorth.net/2011/01/11/programming-is-not-a-craft/

Enjoy!
 
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