Dictionary of Software Architecture
John Spacey, May 23, 2017
Software architecture is the structure of software. Architecture can be planned upfront and/or emerge over time. It includes elements such as services, layers, components, relationships, technologies, standards, principles, conventions and constraints. Architecture can be evaluated based on business objectives in areas such as cost, functionality, reliability, maintainability and operability. In other words, a poor architecture can be costly, unreliable and difficult to maintain, operate, change and extend. The following are common software architecture terms.
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