May 14, 2012: Why We Built It

If you want to know why we created The Architecture of Open Source Applications (now in two volumes), you need look no further than the descriptions of other books about software architecture on Amazon. Here's part of the blurb of one that appeared last year: Specifically, the book shows you Did you notice that "the architecture of 10 (or 20, or 50) actual systems" wasn't on this list? You won't find that in this book, either, or this one, or this one. I haven't read the upcoming third edition of this one yet, but I used to have the first and second on my shelves, and it didn't "show the blueprints" either. If any ambitious grad student is reading this, and looking for a great thesis topic, comparing what software designers actually talk about to what's in the standard textbooks on the subject would, I think, be very interesting...

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