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Anil Vupputuri
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Difference between System Design & System Architecture?


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Stan James
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I like "architecture is an aspect of design that can be used in more than one application." Here are some Definitions of Architecture with links to even better ones.


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And I like http://www.martinfowler.com/ieeeSoftware/whoNeedsArchitect.pdf


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Nalla Senthilnathan
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Originally posted by Anil Vupputuri:
Difference between System Design & System Architecture?

Here is my 2c:
System architecture transforms requirements into components.
System design transforms components into classes.
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Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Nalla Senthilnathan:

System architecture transforms requirements into components.
System design transforms components into classes.

How does that fit into the usage of the terms as a result instead of an activity? ("Let's discuss the systems architecture." or "The system has a brittle design.")
Nalla Senthilnathan
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:

How does that fit into the usage of the terms as a result instead of an activity? ("Let's discuss the systems architecture." or "The system has a brittle design.")

Hi Ilja,
Here is my interpretation of the usage of the terms:
"Let's discuss the systems architecture." - you are discussing about the set of components involved in the system, their dependencies and their deployment issues.
"The system has a brittle design." - the implementing classes are poorly designed (disregarding patterns and other oo principles).
Regards,
Nalla
 
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