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Five Considerations for Software Architecture, Part 1
May/June 2010 (vol. 27 no. 3)
pp. 63-65
Frank Buschmann, Siemens Corporate Technology
Kevlin Henney, independent consultant
What are the top five properties that make a software design elegant? That's a tough question that is not easy to answer. In this column we explore the first three of five properties leading architects have found useful: economy, visibility, spacing, symmetry, and emergence. All five properties help with a lean and expressive modularization of architecture, avoid unnecessary design clutter, and support a clear and meaningful separation of concerns where each distinct concept is clearly identifiable and tangible. All together the properties provide a value system that can broadly guide architects' design decisions

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Index Terms:
architecture economy, architecture elegance, architecture expressiveness, modularization, separation of concern
Citation:
Frank Buschmann, Kevlin Henney, "Five Considerations for Software Architecture, Part 1," IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 63-65, May-June 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.72
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