Current Philosophy-Based Pattern

If we’ll try to choose the Philosophical model that is most similar to the current conventional software architecture, we will probably choose Monism. Let’s see why.

As we have seen, the outcome of the layers architecture is an extensive network of connections, more thickened within each layer, but still, rather significant in between the layers. According to one of the axioms which Spinoza formulated in Ethics, any entity can be contained within itself or within another entity (where we should interpret the containment as dependency). Therefore, we might argue that all entities that assemble a layer-based software application are contained entities, or should we say - dependent entities. That is, there is no application entity, which doesn’t need anything but itself to act – whether it needs input or events from other entities, or whether it needs to pass its functional outcome to other entities. In a matter of fact, the only entity that we could point out as an entity that does not depend on other entities is the application itself. Naturally, the application contains all of its elements, and since there is no limit to elements that we may add to an application, we could claim that in a sense, it is endless. Therefore, we may argue that a software application is similar by its nature to “nature” as described by Spinoza - an embracing all, infinite entity.

And what about the application entities, which are the classes (that join the application during design time) and the objects (join during run time)? If we’ll continue the analogy between nature as Spinoza described it and a software application, then the application entities would be no more than ephemeral "wrinkles", with no stable presence upon the surface of the application. In fact, the only thing within a software application that could be classified as a real substance is the application itself - a complex of classes (or objects) that are in themselves, have neither real presence nor stability, and therefore are constantly changing.