Overview. Software Architect - Nigel Leeming. Are You a Software Architect? Editors note: The author of this article, Simon Brown, will be presenting a tutorial at QCon London coming up this March on the same subject of this article, entitled Software Architecture for Developers.
The line between software development and software architecture is a tricky one. Some people will tell you that it doesn't exist and that architecture is simply an extension of the design process undertaken by developers. Others will make out it's a massive gaping chasm that can only be crossed by lofty developers who believe you must always abstract your abstractions and not get bogged down by those pesky implementation details.
As always, there's a pragmatic balance somewhere in the middle, but it does raise the interesting question of how you move from one to the other. Overview.