Patterns & Practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Beta 1 October 29th, 2008

Vinod Kumar

This guide will help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.  It’s a distillation of many lessons learned.  It’s principle-based and pattern-oriented to provide a durable, evolvable backdrop for application architecture.  It’s a collaborative effort among product team members, field, industry experts, MVPs, and customers.  Keep in mind it’s Beta so there’s still moving parts and they are processing quite a bit of feedback across the guide.

App Arch Guide 2.0 – The Book (Beta 1) / Knowledge Base

Key Features of the Guide

  • Canonical app frame – describes at a meta-level, the tiers and layers that an architect should consider. Each tier/layer is described in terms of its focus, function, capabilities, common design patterns and technologies.
  • App Types.  Canonical application archetypes to illustrate common application types.  Each archetype is described in terms of the target scenarios, technologies, patterns and infrastructure it contains. Each archetype will be mapped to the canonical app frame. They are illustrative of common app types and not comprehensive or definitive.
  • Arch Frame – a common set of categories for hot spots for key engineering decisions.
  • Quality Attributes – a set of qualities/abilities that shape your application architecture: performance, security, scalability, manageability, deployment, communication, etc.
  • Principles, patterns and practices – Using the frames as backdrops, the guide overlays relevant principles, patterns, and practices.
  • Technologies and capabilities - a description/overview of the Microsoft custom app dev platform and the main technologies and capabilities within it.
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