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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know is a book about things which are obvious and every software architect should know, remember and employ. The problem is that most things you can find inside the book are easily forgotten, underestimated and usually not implemented during day-to-day work.

    The book consists of 97 short essays. Each of them deals with a vital problem software architects often have to face. Although there are great number of brilliant stories in the book I especially like the one titled: You're Negotiating More Often Than You Think, which is about a project sponsor wanting to cut down expenses. Does it sound familiar to you? Do you know what to do when it happens? The book is a collective work which makes it even more valuable.

    Every day in the morning I start my work reading 1-3 essays to keep good practices in my memory and not forget management pitfalls lying in wait for me round the corner. I believe it helps me to become a better software architect. This book is a great and rare opportunity to learn from real experts in the field.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    Obvious wisdom

    After reading this book, I've made a firm decision that I do not want to be an architect. My decision is not because of the book however.

    Within the pages of this book, you will get some great insight into the real world of being a software architect. Some of the tips are so obvious that you smack yourself for not already just knowing.

    Though I am not an architect, I found some of the tips such as "Perfect is the enemy of good enough" and a few others that relieved some of the weight off of my shoulders. If top notch architects tell me that good enough is good enough then I can stop struggling for perfection.

    This book is going on my shelf, but I have no doubt that I will pick it back up in 6 months and read it again.

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