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App Arch Guide 2.0 (Jan 2008)

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A very comprehensive guide as to how the Architecture manifests itself. The design decisions and choices are well elaborated.
by sannebuurma on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Like many other works from p&p, excellent!
by eliezerbp on Dec 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM
muito bom, ótimo trabalho recomento da todos
by rickshaolin on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM
it's fine.
by oceangu2010 on May 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM
I like very much
by karssi on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM
good so test my code
by jiangxianfu on Mar 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM
Great guide. It's nice to have it in order to stop the useless discussions at the office!
by jorgebg on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:28 AM
by winlmh on Jul 27, 2010 at 11:36 AM
Exactly excellent!!!
by dogukanguney on Jul 27, 2010 at 7:08 AM
by hypbnzx on May 20, 2010 at 7:07 AM
This is very good!
by gzhappysky on Apr 28, 2010 at 2:26 AM
A very nice step by step guide that takes you along the considerations that you have take into account when designing an application. Best in class guide. Very usefull also for non-MS technologies. I recognize that a group of experienced software architects have captured their experience in this guide.
by wwiersem on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM
Samples would be nice have....
by mraghav on Mar 23, 2010 at 2:30 AM
Superb guide to .NET application architecture. Every .NET programmer should read this!
by craigtp on Mar 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM
This one is like the TFS patterns & practices book, a lot of promise but fail terrible, wikipedia has more value than this book. A lot of what's but no hows.
by jmzl666 on Mar 9, 2010 at 6:27 PM
really a good book
by chengyuzhi520 on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:46 AM
Well done!!! Paper showing whats going on in the MS world - love it!!!
by damike on Dec 2, 2009 at 8:48 AM
Much needed update. Very helpful for preparing for a custom enterprise .NET application.
by devgig on Dec 1, 2009 at 5:25 PM
The nice thing about that book you can find what you want Quickly, no need to dig all the chapters. Plus it contais different Architypes ...
by moutasema on Oct 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM
Excellent stuff....
by Cybernate on Oct 14, 2009 at 3:11 PM
I love it. Extremely useful.
by tran342 on Oct 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM
Absolutely helpful. It is very near-practical and thoroughly structured. A lot of principles are suitable for private and enterprise application development processes.
by mickolaus on Sep 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM
Excellent book. Thanks.
by mhenneman on Aug 28, 2009 at 8:54 AM
by gudufy on Jul 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Extremely good info.
by aashok76 on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM
Splendid information, clearly written. Thanks very much!
by Trellium on Jul 11, 2009 at 8:57 PM
Extremely useful, relevant and well presented - thanks to all the champions who did this.
by udayshiva on Jul 2, 2009 at 6:23 AM
by wlw1024 on Jun 28, 2009 at 4:42 PM
Very excellent work, clear and exhaustive.
by ywz65567 on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:08 AM
very informative and useful guide
by bhavtoshsharma on Jun 9, 2009 at 7:56 AM
Very informative.
by oklacik on Jun 1, 2009 at 5:28 PM
quick and clear steps without goes in inner details, very usefull reference. Very thanks to all of that participated in this guide
by XfoX on May 16, 2009 at 11:10 PM
This is a clear, well organised, well written, and thorough work. It is obviously based on practical experience, and following the guidelines will help deliver better software systems. I totally recommend it.
by JohnCatlin on May 12, 2009 at 10:25 PM
FKing microsofters... This PDF crashes Preview on my mac. You think that's an accident?
by thoqbk on May 3, 2009 at 9:28 PM
Very excellent work, clear and exhaustive.
by caldarola on Apr 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM
Great set of information and will help we distill a reference architecture out of it for our customers doing Microsoft.
by SteefJan on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM
Though the book was written mainly for architects and developer leads, but this book is also a must to have for any developer to understand the best practices keeping small things and the wider aspects in the mind. Very good book and a developer also can understand the concept quite easily. Thanks so much.
by saanj on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM
It's good book to step into architecture
by snowball on Mar 19, 2009 at 12:02 AM
Excellent guide for the upcoming .Net Architects/Leads. Great work by Pattern & Practices Team.
by Shakthi_India on Mar 17, 2009 at 3:36 PM
Nice book, good reference material
by JaspreetD on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:32 AM
really excellent work. it helps very much for designing Architect to developer communiy
by ripalmehta on Mar 3, 2009 at 4:06 AM
A very useful document. Excellent job!
by CoastalPilot on Feb 25, 2009 at 10:45 PM
5 from me! This is a mind blowing piece of work. The architecture guide has almost everything we require when beginning to design the application architecture. Thanks to all the authors and contributors! Sandeep Aparajit (
by sandit27 on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:40 PM
A lot of valuable information. keep up the good work.
by diaakhateeb on Feb 19, 2009 at 5:47 PM
It a great doc .i learn a lot from it . thanks thanks microsoft and Patterns and Practices Team
by mqsuper on Feb 5, 2009 at 1:53 AM
It's great to have all resources in one place.
by saip106 on Feb 3, 2009 at 4:44 PM
Finally something on one place.
by gljivar on Feb 2, 2009 at 3:16 PM
This is an excellent resource. Too much educational material in the .net world spends its time staring right at a tree (well, there's reasons for that since there's so much to impart!), that we have too few resources that truly take on the entire forest. lchong2: turn on your bookmark functionality in whatever pdf reader you're using. The TOC should appear in tree format on left side of screen.
by keithroby on Feb 2, 2009 at 1:21 PM
It's a good GUIDE, don't expect it to be the bible of architecture (that book will never be written). lchong2: it's a PDF file, the table of contents is in the bookmarks.
by zamkam on Jan 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM
Can't believe a 380 page book without proper table of contents and index. So difficult to reference.
by lchong2 on Jan 30, 2009 at 2:58 PM
It's good reffrence at right time for me. Thanks
by santhoshnataraj on Jan 26, 2009 at 5:39 PM
The design considerations could use more work. The authors give considerations, but in may cases, fail to explain why they gave the consideration when the reasons are not always appearant. For example, they state, 'consider using a message-based interface for your business logic.' It leaves me wondering why, and they give no further discussion on the topic.
by k_ray on Jan 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM
so cool, but i can't download it ,why? any other site provide download??
by szhln on Jan 21, 2009 at 2:49 AM
Really you have done a great job. Thanks
by muek on Jan 16, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Excellent reference for Architects and Designers...Thanks Alot.
by marafacs on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM
by ChrisMylonas on Jan 14, 2009 at 7:35 AM
Excellent Work.
by parag_c_mehta on Jan 13, 2009 at 6:10 AM
by venjiang on Jan 10, 2009 at 5:18 AM
very well
by yinhaiming on Jan 10, 2009 at 3:32 AM
Good work Thanx A lot
by bmwz9 on Jan 9, 2009 at 1:16 PM
Its superb article. 1.Helps in building a reliable system . 2.Helps to understand the architecture knowledge.
by thani on Jan 9, 2009 at 5:16 AM
worth to read
by alex_zero on Jan 7, 2009 at 5:47 AM
The document raises awareness of what needs to be taken into consideration when building/designing a .NET application that some times we developers overlook. The guide includes Architecture and design guidelines, Deployments, Quality, Security and Communication guidelines. Excellent overview document (not a step by step document).
by RaulAbreu on Jan 5, 2009 at 8:21 PM
It is very gread!
by lsc8866 on Dec 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM
I'm still reading the guide and so far so really good. Thanks for this helpfull document. Congratulations for the good work !
by RaganMartin on Dec 26, 2008 at 8:59 PM
Very interesting material. Easy to read and very useful. Good job!
by cisdevry on Dec 26, 2008 at 1:53 PM
Its Very Good. i can say its a direction map to many developers and Architects.
by syedsnizamuddin on Dec 25, 2008 at 6:12 PM
Very good information.Very useful
by kmswaroop on Dec 23, 2008 at 1:47 PM
This is a Bible! Thanks for helping our daily work and keep us updated with the best practices!
by pablop on Dec 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM
by wangyihustx on Dec 19, 2008 at 1:56 AM
Firstly I would like to congratulate and thank the entire team who put this great effort to make this happen. In industry we really need this type of guides which explains all the aspects of .NET Architecture. I would like to call this App Arch Guide as ".NET App Arch Bible" which must be followed by everyone whose religion is MS .NET.
by VidyaVrat on Dec 18, 2008 at 7:51 PM
Really good work. This gave me a brief overview of enterprise architecture's issues and concerns and very deep dive into specific details at the same time. Great work guys!
by valdisiljuconoks on Dec 18, 2008 at 12:40 PM