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Decision Point for Choosing a Web Application Architecture

Published: 16 January 2015

ID: G00270873

Analyst(s): Danny Brian


Before selecting frameworks or patterns for their next project, Web application architects should choose a high-level architecture. The architecture will determine flexibility in design, development and distribution, making it the most important decision for meeting project requirements.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Architectural Context
    • Traditional Web Application Architecture
    • Modern Web App Architecture
    • Generated Web Application Architecture
    • Architecture Before Frameworks
    • Blending Multiple Architectures

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
    • User Experience
    • Client Deployment Flexibility
    • Browser Support
    • Developer Skills
    • Language Support
    • Web APIs
    • Application Complexity
    • Long-Term Viability
    • Loose Coupling


  • Traditional Web Application Architecture
  • Generated Web Application Architecture
  • Modern Web App Architecture

Future Developments

  • Changing Business Requirements
  • Framework Developments
  • Future Web Standards

Decision Tool

Decision Justification

  • Modern Web App Architecture
  • Generated Web Application Architecture
  • Traditional Web Application Architecture

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