The Architecture of Open Source Applications -  Elegance, Evolution, and a Few Fearless Hacks

The Architecture of Open Source Applications - Elegance, Evolution, and a Few Fearless Hacks

By Amy Brown
Book Description

Architects look at thousands of buildings during their training, and study critiques of those buildings written by masters. In contrast, most software developers only ever get to know a handful of large programs well—usually programs they wrote themselves—and never study the great programs of history. As a result, they repeat one another's mistakes rather than building on one another's successes.

This book's goal is to change that. In it, the authors of twenty-five open source applications explain how their software is structured, and why. What are each program's major components? How do they interact? And what did their builders learn during their development? In answering these questions, the contributors to this book provide unique insights into how they think.

If you are a junior developer, and want to learn how your more experienced colleagues think, this book is the place to start. If you are an intermediate or senior developer, and want to see how your peers have solved hard design problems, this book can help you too.

Paperback and donation options available on the book's website. Also available in Japanese. Volume II is also available.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • License and Dedication
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Asterisk
  • Chapter 2. Audacity
  • Chapter 3. The Bourne-Again Shell
  • Chapter 4. Berkeley DB
  • Chapter 5. CMake
  • Chapter 6. Continuous Integration
  • Chapter 7. Eclipse
  • Chapter 8. Graphite
  • Chapter 9. The Hadoop Distributed File System
  • Chapter 10. Jitsi
  • Chapter 11. LLVM
  • Chapter 12. Mercurial
  • Chapter 13. The NoSQL Ecosystem
  • Chapter 14. Python Packaging
  • Chapter 15. Riak and Erlang/OTP
  • Chapter 16. Selenium WebDriver
  • Chapter 17. Sendmail
  • Chapter 18. SnowFlock
  • Chapter 19. SocialCalc
  • Chapter 20. Telepathy
  • Chapter 21. Thousand Parsec
  • Chapter 22. Violet
  • Chapter 23. VisTrails
  • Chapter 24. VTK
  • Chapter 25. Battle for Wesnoth
  • Bibliography
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