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Intimately Bound

April 24, 2013 3 comments

Out of the bazillions of definitions of “software architecture” out in the wild, my favorite is:

the initial set of decisions that are costly to change downstream“.

It’s my fave because it encompasses the “whole” product development ecosystem and not just the structure and behavior of ┬áthe product itself. Here are some example decisions that come to mind:

Once your production code gets intimately bound with the set of items on the list, there comes a point of no return on the project timeline where changing any of them is pragmatically impossible. Once this mysterious time threshold is crossed, changing the product source code may be easier than changing anything else on the list.

PONR

Got any other items to add to the list?

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