There's more than one way to build a bridge [working title: The Legacy Bridge Problem]
Software engineering is essentially about making good design and implementation decisions, which requires first considering design alternatives. Given the advanced programming tools available today, it is tempting to design by rote using the solution a given tool most readily supports. Although many of the problems that system developers face often result from poor management, sound software engineering can make a difference in at least one key area: the bridge connecting the legacy system with other computer systems.
Lyon, Douglas A. and Huntley, Christopher L., "There's more than one way to build a bridge [working title: The Legacy Bridge Problem]" (2002). Engineering Faculty Publications. 112.
Lyon, Douglas A., and Christopher L. Huntley. "There's more than one way to build a bridge." IEEE Computer 35, no. 5 (2002): 102-103. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2002.1009500