Learning Software Architecture

What? Software architecture refers to the skeleton and high level infrastructure of a software system. It is the process of converting software characteristics (flexibility, scalability, feasibility, reusability, and security) into a structured solution that meets the technical and the business expectations. 

Wikipedia definition, interesting article about the difference between Software Architecture and Design. Developers should know a lot about design and a little about architecture.

Software design revolves around code level design: what the module is doing, classes scope, functions purpose, etc.  Design principles such as SOLID and design patterns help a great deal.

List of Books Software Architect should read

According to Java Code Geeks

No Book Comments
1 Akka concurrency Akka is an actor framework for the JVM, written in Scala, but also usable in Java. Different approach of structuring your code than “normal” Java way
2 Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software Structure your application based on the problem domain
3 Specification by Example: How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software Bring your team together on one page (analysts, testers, developers)
4 Bridging the Communication Gap: Specification by Example and Agile Acceptance Testing More about communication than specifictions of system
5 ATDD by Example: A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development Testing and technical issues when using ATDD. Large overlap with Specification by example
6 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs Functional easier than imperative. Talk: difference between simple & easy
7 Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship Architect is still a coder, so needs to code well
8 HTTP: The Definitive Guide How does HTTP really work
9 Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software (Pragmatic Programmers) How things can go bad in Production, so how to handle things gracefully
10 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts Lots of good ideas