Does architecture emerge or is it planned?

As a good architect, the right answer is 'it depends'. But I have also seen too many perplexed and 'that cannot be all' face expressions to know, that it is also not the complete answer. There are roughly four mechanisms: The process of creation: The architect identifies and analyses a number of alternative solutions, derives …

More isn’t just more…

Most have probably heard the expression 'less is more', or know of the 'keep it simple and stupid' principle. These are general and well-accepted principles for design and architecture in general, and something that any software architect should aspire to. Similarly, Richard P. Gabriel (a major figure in the world of Lisp programming language, accomplished …

Oracle’s Architect Day on Cloud Computing – a contradiction?

Given comments by the Oracle's CEO, Larry Ellison "Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?" and the recent closure of Sun's Cloud, I figured this one should make for an interesting day. So …