REVIEW - Beyond Software Architecture - Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions

Title:

Beyond Software Architecture - Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions

Author:

Luke Hohmann

ISBN:

0201775948

Publisher:

Addison-Wesley Professional (2003)

Pages:

314pp

Reviewer:

Pete Goodliffe

Reviewed:

February 2004

Rating:

5 out of 5

thought provoking, readable, and accessible.

Just what we need - another book on software architecture! Surely it has all been said already? Well, no - this is a good book, endorsed by Martin Fowler. If it's anything to go by, the rest of the Addison Wesley "Signature Series" is probably worth a look.

This is not a traditional book on software architecture. As the title implies, it goes beyond the standard descriptions of system design, to investigate the issues that drive successful software architecture.

Hohmann shows how software architecture ties in with the realities of product development, and describes how successful architectures marry technical concerns with the real commercial pressures of the marketplace. He details pragmatic approaches to a number of key issues, including: licensing, portability, branding, and upgrading/deployment.

The tone is authoritative; the author writes insightfully, with a clear depth of knowledge and experience. It is thought provoking, readable, and accessible.

Who should read this book? It has a definite thrust towards software professionals making Real World decisions. It is applicable to engineers designing software systems, and also valuable to those who manage such projects. Highly recommended.


Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.