Book Review: 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know

More then year ago I bought book 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know for myself. I was expecting to get a book with some useful technical advices how to create cool software architecture,- that's what was always interesting for me.

Instead I've got the book with 97 small articles, each 2 pages long. No technical advices, no silver bullet, no advices on what and how use design patterns or modern technologies. Truly say, after reading few articles, I was upset. And leaved the book on my bookshelf and move on.

A year later, ie a month ago, I've took this book into my hands and decided that it's time to try to read it again. (Yes, I have a habit to re-read books again a year or two later, as found that it helps to understand much more and see the forest behind the trees).

I'm still reading this - few articles per week,- but decided to note my thoughts as review in this article.

In this attempt, book is very interesting. A year later my vision was changed cardinally again and now, I think, I can understand what those guys mean when they were writing their posts. These all can be said simply in one sentence:
Software Architects are bridges between business needs, software needs, technical needs and team needs.

Especially interesting were next articles for me (remember, I'm still reading):

  • Don't Put Your Resume Ahead of the Requirements

  • It Is All About The Data

  • Pattern Pathology

  • If You Design It, You Should Be Able to Code It

  • Empower Developers

  • Chances Are, You Biggest Problem Isn't Technical

  • Business Drives

  • Great Content Creates Great Systems

  • Start with a Walking Skeleton

  • Communication Is King; Clarity and Leadership, Its Humble Servants

I'm sure articles' titles are saying enough, so will not describe them. Want know more - just go and buy (as I did :)

A week ago I was reading "Business Drives" article. And especially remembered the summary of this article: "The long-term interests of the software development team are best served when business drives". And I agree with this summary. It's sad to know, that many software developers are still in the race for better skills and modern technologies if this is in damage for the project and business.

It's one of that books, that reminds that software is making by humans for humans.

So, my advise is to get and read this book; hope you're ready for it and hope I'm too :)

PS: Just found another review of this book

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