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97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know Paperback – 2009

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About the Author

Richard Monson-Haefel, an independent software developer, coauthored all five editions of Enterprise JavaBeans and Java Message Service (all O'Reilly). He's a software architect specializing in multi-touch interfaces and a leading expert on enterprise computing. More detail on his work and writings can be found at Monson-Haefel.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Shroff Publishers & Distributers Private Limited - Mumbai; First edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8184046898
  • ISBN-13: 978-8184046892
  • Package Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.4 cm
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1.0 out of 5 stars I want my money back 22 July 2009
By Rao Venugopal - Published on Amazon.com
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Heavy on keywords and low on actual content / value.

Imagine your Dad rings you up and says, "Be sure to go to work bright and early..." or "The early bird gets the worm" and proceeds to ramble on for 5 minutes about why that is important. We have all been through this kind of lecture. For politeness sake, you bite your tongue and zone out.

Now replace Dad with Bill Gates/ Steve Jobs/ some famous architect. However the advice being doled out is similar. eg. "Be sure to have a decent UI for every component/ blah blah blah".
How would you feel if you had to read 97 articles by famous architects / tech gurus, each 2 pages long and the entire content of the article is in the first introductory line itself. The rest is fluff.
I don't know about you, but when I am paying 20+ dollars for a book, I expect more than simple fluff.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 97 titles worth reading, but the book itself is not worth it. 23 July 2015
By Rafał Chomicz - Published on Amazon.com
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I value opinion of other architects, but to be honest this book did not get me anywhere. I think it would be sufficient to read just titles of 97 things, w/out reading actual articles inside. I am an architect therefore I would expect some concrete information. However, they are just pure opinions on different matters.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 97 Valuable Discussion Points 13 January 2010
By ac in DC - Published on Amazon.com
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If you buy this book expecting 97 in depth dissertations on software architecture & design, you will be disappointed. It is instead, a collection of observations on the relationships between business, people and technology. This is not a tome that one sits down and reads in a day, acquiring all of the knowledge of the collected contributors in that instant. It is instead a book, which is best read a chapter or two at a time, and discussed amongst your colleagues. Some lessons you will be able to implement immediately, some will not be of value to you ever. Many deal with issues that (as one would expect) will help to make your life easier if implemented in the planning stages of a project. The only thing I would change so far would be to change "Your Customer Is Not Your Customer" to "Your Customer Is Not Your Only Customer" or "Everyone Is A Customer".

I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because as others have noted, it is very lightweight. I do feel that this book would be suitable for most folks in technology to read, not limited to software architects. I would have no hesitation recommending this book to everyone from a Junior Systems Administrator or Project Manager all the way to a Director Of Technology.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money 6 August 2009
By Charles D. Sewell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just an accumulation random advice collected for "free" off a blog. You will feel like you have read a bunch of fotune cookies (i.e. "The longest trip begins with a single step") on the topic of architecture. Not a single topic is explored in depth since each topic is only 2 pages in length.

I would not recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on keywords and low on actual content / value 7 September 2011
By Real Value - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the people who want thier money back and gave this book a poor rating.

There is no meat from any of the selected authors. It looks more like a way to promote themselves.