Introduction to Software Architecture
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Introduction to Software Architecture

The ins and out of designing software systems. A guide to becoming a software architect including TOGAF.
4.0 (300 ratings)
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the purpose and importance of software architecture
  • Know what it takes to go from being a developer to an architect
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  • A familiarity with programming terms
  • Understanding of basic programming models (3-tier, web services, etc)
  • An eagerness to learn

Recent Updates: Resources file with course links. English closed captions added. Re-recorded lesson 3.

Are you feeling stuck in your career as a developer, and wondering what's next? Are you finding your salary has reached its limit in the development field, and want to move up the value chain to earn more? Software architecture is one of the hottest fields in technology, and TOGAF is one of the hottest skills (according to a recent Foote Salary Survey).

You might find it rewarding to learn software architecture. You still keep the ability to be involved in the technology at a deep level, and make important decisions that affect the future direction of the company, but avoid the problems of managing development teams and moving in a less technical direction.

In this class, you will learn:

  • What is software architecture?
  • What is the difference between software design and software architecture?
  • What it takes to be a successful software architect?
  • The software architecture mindset, and how that differs from the developer mindset
  • The qualities of good software
  • And an introduction to architecture principles of TOGAF

So come on inside and learn about what software architecture has to offer. Scott Duffy is a commercial license holder in TOGAF, and licensed to teach these topics. TOGAF is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries.

Thank you for signing up for this course on Udemy. The course will always be up-to-date here and nowhere else. I am also available for questions inside the course discussion board.

Who is the target audience?
  • People familiar with programming, regardless of level or language
  • Programmers wanting to advance in their career
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:45

A quick video to say hello, and talk about my background in software development and architecture. Then talk about the course, and what you will learn.

Preview 01:45
Software Architecture
4 Lectures 17:13

An overview of the profession of architecture, and a discussion of the trade-offs one has to make.

What is Software Architecture?

How is software architecture different than design? Aren't they the same thing?

Preview 03:27

Talking about what it takes to create the architecture of a system, and solve problems in advance.

The Software Architect Mindset

What success looks and feels like.

How To Be Successful As a Software Architect
Theories of Systems Design
3 Lectures 23:33

The qualities of good systems. Developing software without thinking about the desired qualities first is a recipe for disaster.

Qualities of Good Systems

A discussion of patterns.

Preview 08:27

A review of TOGAF's architecture principles as a good reference to what good architecture looks like.

TOGAF Architecture Principles
Wrap up
1 Lecture 01:26

Wrapping up the discussion of architecture with next steps.


A little test based on the content of this course.

Final Quiz
3 questions
Bonus Section
2 Lectures 00:08
Course Links and Resources

Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Scott Duffy
4.3 Average rating
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35,562 Students
14 Courses
TOGAF Certified Software Architect, Azure Architect

Hi there, my name is Scott Duffy. And I love making complex technical topics easy to understand.

This has been the basis of my entire career – as a developer, as a development manager, as a software architect – over the past 20 years. I spend half my time in the world of business, explaining complex technical topics to business owners and stakeholders so that they can understand and agree with my approach to solving their business problems with technical solutions. And the other half with developers, explaining the business reasons behind decisions and ensuring that any decisions made on the technical side don't restrict the business in unexpected ways.

And I'm here on Udemy to teach what I know in an approachable way. I started teaching courses in 2014, and have taught over 40,000 students. I am grateful every day with being able to connect with so many students in almost every country around the world.

I'm a certified Enterprise Architect, and certified cloud architect. I have been developing with Microsoft technologies for 20 years, starting with Classic ASP, and all the versions of .NET. We now live in the cloud era, with Microsoft Azure being prevalent in most large enterprises. I'm certified as an Azure Architect and Developer too.

Due to the volume of messages I receive, I am not able to respond to private messages on Udemy or social media platforms. If you're a student, please ask questions inside the course. Thanks for understanding!

Software Architect
4.3 Average rating
7,693 Reviews
34,654 Students
11 Courses
Training for enterprise architects

Software Architect provides quality online training about Enterprise Architecture and Microsoft Azure. Whether you are just starting out, or are a grizzled veteran in the field, Software Architect provides courses to help you take your career to the next level.

Software Architect is run by Scott Duffy, who is a TOGAF 9 Certified architect and trainer. Scott's consulting company, Little Oliver Consulting, is a member of The Open Group architecture forum, which helps set the standards for the future.

Scott is also Azure certified as a Developer and Architect.

TOGAF is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.