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Book Recommendation: The Architecture of Open Source Applications

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Architects look at thousands of buildings during their training, and study critiques of those buildings written by masters. In contrast, most software developers only ever get to know a handful of large programs well—usually programs they wrote themselves—and never study the great programs of history. As a result, they repeat one another's mistakes rather than building on one another's successes.

Our goal is to change that. In these two books, the authors of four dozen open source applications explain how their software is structured, and why. What are each program's major components? How do they interact? And what did their builders learn during their development? In answering these questions, the contributors to these books provide unique insights into how they think.

If you are a junior developer, and want to learn how your more experienced colleagues think, these books are the place to start. If you are an intermediate or senior developer, and want to see how your peers have solved hard design problems, these books can help you too.

The Architecture of Open Source Applications

The Architecture of Open Source Applications


Software architect is hard not only because its complexity but also that people seldom have chance to try & error and evlove a system. The best way to become a software architect is to design and implement software. The book explains not only how but also why to make certain design decisions.

Thanks for the AOSA book, although not familiar with all the software mentioned, I do learn a lot from it.

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