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Chapter 10. System Design > An Architectural Approach

An Architectural Approach

In the following sections, we discuss some of the most important issues in system design. These issues cut across many phases of Internet commerce system development (and, of course, they are relevant to many other kinds of computer systems as well). By this we mean that each issue must be considered as part of the overall architecture, the detailed system design, the implementation, and the operation of the system. For example, an architectural decision to build on a distributed system has implications for how the system will scale in comparison with a centralized system, but a perfect architecture for scaling may not mean much in practice if the detailed system design does not provide for the necessary facilities or if the implementation omits them.

The fundamental design issues we consider here are as follows.


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