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Sustainable Software Architecture

The LinkedIn Learning video I watched covered sustainable software architecture created by Carola Lilienthel, a software architect and managing director at a tech firm. The LinkedIn course most similarly relates to the Cloud Architecture class I took and a Web Service Programming class. From what I learned, sustainable software architecture is the design and structuring of software systems that consider long-term environmental, economic, and social implications. It attempts to provide software solutions that are efficient and effective and have a low negative impact on the environment and society. This strategy considers energy efficiency, resource use, and software lifespan.

Optimal resource usage is one of the core principles of sustainable software architecture. This includes lowering data center energy consumption using more efficient algorithms and data processing approaches. It also encourages using green computing resources, such as renewable energy sources, and recycling and reusing software components to reduce waste.

Another component is designing for longevity and adaptability, ensuring that software can evolve without requiring frequent, resource-intensive updates or replacements. This involves using modular designs that allow individual components to be updated or replaced without affecting the entire system, thereby extending the lifecycle of the software and reducing its environmental footprint.

Sustainable software architecture also emphasizes the importance of social responsibility. It advocates for inclusivity and accessibility in software design, ensuring that software products are usable by a wide range of people, including those with disabilities, and do not make social inequalities worse.

In summary, sustainable software architecture is about creating efficient, adaptable, and responsible software, focusing on long-term impacts on the environment, economy, and society. It requires a holistic approach, considering the technical aspects of software development and its broader implications.


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