Software Architecture

What Does Software Architecture Mean?

Software architecture is the defining and structuring of a solution that meets technical and operational requirements. Software architecture optimizes attributes involving a series of decisions, such as security, performance and manageability. These decisions ultimately impact application quality, maintenance, performance and overall success.

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Techopedia Explains Software Architecture

Software architecture is a structured framework used to conceptualize software elements, relationships and properties. This term also references software architecture documentation, which facilitates stakeholder communication while documenting early and high-level decisions regarding design and design component and pattern reuse for different projects. The software architecture process works through the abstraction and separation of these concerns to reduce complexity.

Architecture Description Language (ADL) describes software architecture. Different ADLs are developed by various organizations. Common ADL elements are connectors, components and configuration.

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