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"Fractal Principles for Software" - by Sohnee (UK)
This is a well-written book that explains the principles of software architecture at multiple levels. If you consider yourself a software architect, this is really an essential read.

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"Architecture master class for software developers" - by Ulrik
This is the most comprehensive description of of both the hows and whys of architectural modelling I have ever read, period. The notion of risk-driven architecture is the first systematic way I have seen that actually helps you answer the question when you are finished architecting. And chapter 4 should be given to every software engineering student as an example of architectural reasoning.

But the book as a whole is quite demanding and I would recommend it to a software professional who wants to improve the knowledge about
how to develop better software from an architectural perspective, instead of a student textbook. I think you must have some experience in software development as well as several exemplars of software that you use for you own designs to benefit from everything in this book. On the other hand you could just pick a few things and those in isolation would make you a ... full review

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"Kindle Edition has issues" - by Ben Vale (UK)
Can't read the quotes at the beginning of each chapter because they are displayed vertically and without spaces over several pages. This really needs to be fixed quickly. Doesn't anybody check the Kindle versions before they are released? For the price they charge I expect better.

I have put five stars only because I don't want to reflect negatively on the book itself which I only started to read and so far is pretty good. Amazon really needs to do give more options for feedback, one specially targeting the Kindle Versions.

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"A fundamental read for software professionals" - by Sohnee (UK)
This book is a fundamental read for software professionals. The benefit of shared language in software design is unquestionable and this book describes the architectural patterns (as opposed to the GoF design patterns, which are more granular). The book is well written, with a surprising amount of humour that makes it an easy read.

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"Five Stars" - by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book. Even if you do not follow it to the letter it gives great approaches to solution architecture.

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"Good, but..." - by jameshd
Gets a bit repetitive after a while. While they offer some interesting up-to-date advice, that advice gets repeated chapter after chapter however.

Fitness functions. Check.
Microservices. Check.
Continuous delivery. Check.

I think it presents some useful arguements and stories for anyone looking to convince members of their teams around the new ideas. It's a very theoretical book so no code samples of that's what you're after.

The concepts laid out are practical and up to date. Ahead of most businesses out there.

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"Bible for architecture documentation" - by Pradeep
Amongst the books I have read this is the best book which describes documentation of architecture in a lucid and clear manner. Awesome and kudos to authors who have pulled of a difficult job.

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"Required reading for software architects" - by Amazon Customer (London)
This text book explains the thinking behind the world's most successful software architecture, the World Wide Web. If you are an architect you should understand these concepts, if only to be able to grasp Roy Fielding's PhD thesis and the concept of Representational State Transfer (ReST).

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"Every IT architect should read this book" - by Peter Eeles
My reason for buying this book was to hear what the authors had to say about handling cross-cutting architectural concerns (such as security), which they refer to as "perspectives". The authors offer refreshing insights into how such concerns should be interwoven with the architecture views/viewpoints with which many architects will already be familiar when documenting their software architectures.
But now that I've finally finished reading the book (500+ pages) I have to say that this book is so much more. This is essentially a "book of 2 halves". The first half discusses fundamental architecture concepts, and various elements of the architecture process. However, the second half of the book is dedicated to a catalog of viewpoints and a catalog of perspectives. These sections are, I think, the most valuable, and offer probably the best overview of different architectural concerns (such as concurrency, deployment, operations, security, availability etc.) I've come across. And ... full review

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"Five Stars" - by Martyn (Nottingham, England)
good book

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"Accessible, readable Software Architecture & Patterns book" - by Allan Kelly
Short version: this is a book about software architecture and patterns which is a lot more accessible and less abstract than most of what is out there. If you are looking for such a book you are probably not a Dummy and might overlook this book. That would be a shame.

Long version: I'm not really the kind of person who buys or read Dummies books but this isn't the kind of book for your average Dummy. How many Dummies are interested in software architecture? Let alone patterns?

The reason to buy this book is that you are not a dummy but many of those books are abstract and, frankly, boring. This book is a lot less abstract and hence far more accessible and easier to read. Technically this book is every bit as strong the Pattern Oriented Software Architecture (POSA) and Pattern Languages of Program ... full review

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"Five Stars" - by Mrs C M Rowley
Excellent

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"As good, and more practical, than GoF Design Patterns" - by Chris Sorsby
I am a professional programmer, and having read both this and the Gang of Four design patterns book, I can honestly say I prefer this one. The GoF book is excellent if you need to discuss potential options for software design with colleagues, and pretty good if you need to implement one of them. However, the patterns in this book (POSA) are more wide-ranging, useful, and practical than those in Design Patterns, which in comparison appear too theoretical.

I would suggest that reading Design Patterns first is a good introduction to the field of patterns. After that, read this book to see the power of patterns. The explanations of layers (eg ISO/OSI), broker systems (eg CORBA), and MVC systems (eg most spreadsheets) as generic systems are absolutely second to none.

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"Course standard book" - by Arron (UK)
Need this for my course, great source to take quotes from! (Harvard referenced of course!)

Subjects are covered in good detail and are easy to understand.

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"Five Stars" - by Amazon Customer
nice structure