Introduction to Software Architecture

The ins and out of designing software systems. A guide to becoming a software architect including TOGAF.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 44 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 7/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • A familiarity with programming terms
  • Understanding of basic programming models (3-tier, web services, etc)
  • An eagerness to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the purpose and importance of software architecture
  • Know what it takes to go from being a developer to an architect
  • Rule the world

Who is the target audience?

  • People familiar with programming, regardless of level or language
  • Programmers wanting to advance in their career

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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.

Section 2: Software Architecture

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


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


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


What success looks and feels like.

Section 3: Theories of Systems Design

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


A discussion of patterns.


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

Section 4: Wrap up

Wrapping up the discussion of architecture with next steps.

3 questions

A little test based on the content of this course.

Section 5: Bonus Section
Course Links and Resources
Bonus Lecture

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Instructor Biography

Scott Duffy, 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 on TOGAF 9.1 in 2014, and have taught over 10,000 students on that subject since then. I am a member of the Open Group, and also hold a commercial license to teach TOGAF.

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 too.

Please don't hesitate to drop me a message if you have a suggestion for a topic for one of my courses, or need help with something. I may not always be able to help you directly, but I would still love to talk to you.

Instructor Biography

Software Architect, Training for enterprise architects

Software Architect provides quality online training about Enterprise Architecture. 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 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.

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

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