Likes, The articulation of the Architecture Business Cycle (ABC), a theme that runs through-out the book. The ABC is a holistic view of the business environment, architecture, the architect, and the development organisation. Discussions on Architecture Style. An overview of a Software Architecture Analysis Method (SAAM) for assessing the suitability of a candidate architecture. Numerous and insightful cases studies including, AE7-Avionics System, WWW, CORBA, air traffic control, flight simulation, and command-and-control systems. Dislikes, In digestible tables and check-lists. No cases studies from the financial environment. Where are the cases for banking, insurance and accountancy for instance?
I too am somewhat disappointed with the lack of more formal treatment of selected aspects of various topics and issues. More concise and formal supplements to the well-written but sometimes verbose text would help clarify and solidify understanding of core concepts. I am certainly grateful that the authors didn't waste space on examples from 'the business world' and the 'financial environment'. The more interesting, challenging and critical problems are, and will increasingly be, elsewhere, especially in ever-larger and increasingly complex real-time communication and control systems applications.
The book is well written and quite comprehensive on the subjects covered. It provides an extensive coverage of topics around software architecture and explains the relationship between software architecture, architectural styles, systems, etc. It also includes a substantial number of novel discussions on issues such as architectural qualities, architecture-based system development, and architecture-based reuse. It uses extended examples to illustrate the points being made. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of a more formal approach to presenting the subject matters.
What I liked: =>Coverage of architectural qualities was insightful, differentiating between runtime attributes and non-runtime attributes =>Thorough explanation of key points in analyzing software architectures using a structured method (SAAM) =>Concept of Architecture Business Cycle (ABC) was useful What was missing: =>Good examples from the business world
This book offers a very good overview of this important discipline as well as a sound introduction into state-of-the-art architecture-centered engineering. Good structure, well chosen case studies and a good coverage of all relevant topics. I think this is a must-read for every decent software engineer.