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Software Architecture in Practice, Second Edition by Paul Clements, Len Bass, Rick Kazman

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Chapter 18. Building Systems from Off-the-Shelf Components

with Robert C. Seacord and Matthew Bass

Note: Robert C. Seacord is a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute; Matthew Bass is a member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute.

It's so beautifully arranged on the plate—you just know someone's fingers have been all over it.

— Julia Child, on nouvelle cuisine

Throughout this book we have emphasized the connection between desired quality attributes and architecture. Our underlying assumption has been that control over system design means control over the qualities achieved. Increasingly this is not true. Systems are being constructed with more and more off-the-shelf components, ...

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