Software Architecture: The Hard Parts: Modern Trade-Off Analyses for Distributed Architectures

by: Neal Ford (0)

There are no easy decisions in software architecture. Instead, there are many hard parts--difficult problems or issues with no best practices--that force you to choose among various compromises. With this book, you'll learn how to think critically about the trade-offs involved with distributed architectures.

Architecture veterans and practicing consultants Neal Ford, Mark Richards, Pramod Sadalage, and Zhamak Dehghani discuss strategies for choosing an appropriate architecture. By interweaving a story about a fictional group of technology professionals--the Sysops Squad--they examine everything from how to determine service granularity, manage workflows and orchestration, manage and decouple contracts, and manage distributed transactions to how to optimize operational characteristics, such as scalability, elasticity, and performance.

By focusing on commonly asked questions, this book provides techniques to help you discover and weigh the trade-offs as you confront the issues you face as an architect.

  • Analyze trade-offs and effectively document your decisions
  • Make better decisions regarding service granularity
  • Understand the complexities of breaking apart monolithic applications
  • Manage and decouple contracts between services
  • Handle data in a highly distributed architecture
  • Learn patterns to manage workflow and transactions when breaking apart applications

The Reviews

This is a great book. I enjoyed it far more than the fundamentals book. If you can master Kleppmann for the infrastructure grounding and this for real life use cases you'll be well on your way. I really appreciated the fact that they point out tradeoffs *everywhere*. That's part of the job and it can be hard to see them when we gravitate toward one option because it feels right or because of groupthink.Some minor criticisms:* the Data Mesh chapter felt tacked on, underdeveloped and in some places was incorrect or at least confusing (e.g. it says data warehouses cause loss of domain partitioning which is not true)* The book talked about tradeoffs so much it wasn't always clear why they thought taking a certain path would hurt a certain quality attribute. "Because there is more coupling scalability will suffer", etc. Perhaps. But explaining how would be great. The book hints at some relationships between quality attributes. If that were more well-developed that could be a way to better understand these statements too.* While I'm sure it wasn't meant for effect, there is only one woman in the story portions, she is somewhat naive, a bossy PITA and has to be dragged along most of the time. Having the *only woman* play that role stood out to me as potentially insensitive.

Love this book. The authors share their invaluable experience and knowledge in the book that worth every penny. I personally built a number of check-lists that I'm going to use in my trade-off analysis. The book is very well written. The authors carefully worked out every single paragraph to make it clear and easy to understand. The writing style and real world examples make the book very easy to read (well, maybe except the section about Data Mesh, which seems too abstract to me). If you liked "Fundamentals of Software Architecture" from Mark Richards and Neal Ford, you will certainly enjoy this one as a logical continuation of the latter.

I thought that this book was the sequel. It’s not. Similar topics are followed. The authors did deep into the weeds. I think that some material could have been reduced and presented more tightly. There were a few times when I thought: just get to the point. The real benefit of this book is that the authors try to provide thought leadership to architects who have to make decisions found in this book. I really like that the authors intentionally state that architecture is a lot more than a design pattern and the choices architects face are not boilerplate in terms of picking one pattern instead of another.

A wonderfully clear and comprehensive discussion of the challenges faced in architectural decisions with an emphasis on distributed architectures. One of the best technical books I've read in years.

This is a great read for anyone in the industry

Although the book's content is probably better understood by someone with experience, I would still recommend it for people getting started as it will help to frame what you will learn in the future.

Compra recomendada, muy buen libro, un enfoque práctico del mundo real.

Really enjoyed reading this book very helpful exploring the different aspects of design decisions when it comes to comparing different approaches and patterns and the trade offs for each approach.

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I have been a CTO for ten years for companies big and small and have had to face the “legacy architect refactoring” challenge outlined in this book multiple times. This book would have saved us a lot of pain. While the tech and tooling for distributed architectures has gotten better and better the process for getting there hasn’t. The playbook outlined here is a must have for anyone facing the architecture modernization challenge.A few things that would make this book even better- Integrating DDD concepts especially around aggregates- Adding additional and/or more detailed decision dimensions for the people aspect (skills, org size and ability to grow, org design, etc), operations architecture, and development architecture. When making decisions these things have to be accounted for and these aspects seemed underplayed a bit.Overall though this is one of the most pragmatic books on tech I have read in a long time. A must read.

Worth buying!

great content, worthy of Orielly .. very easy read for someone very familiar with all the concepts .. great reference and very practical - really cool .. thank you i bought three more titles because of this one :)

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