My trade. Apparently. What is architecture anyway? I describe it as the wider context of solutions, data, protocols, technologies and standards and how they interact. Teams can do all this on their own, of course, but they tend to not have the necessary context, skills or experience to lead decisions in larger operations.
20 November 2020
A technology radar can be a great technique for initiating conversations about technology, but there are some challenges in applying it to in-house development shops.
17 October 2020
Designing good architecture is only half the battle. You also need to be able to communicate your architecture to anybody who is likely to use it.
24 August 2020
There can be a tension between the lean, experimental nature of agile development and the more deliberate, planned demands of a large organisation. It does not have to be like this.
22 July 2020
“Legacy” is often used a pejorative term to describe any long-lived code base that a development team finds distasteful to work with. What do we really mean by “legacy” and how should we be dealing with it?
13 June 2020
One of the more pervasive myths in software development is that naming things is hard.
22 April 2020
If you are working with a lot of twelve-factor services then probably, yes. That said, you may get a creeping feeling that Kubernetes was designed to solve problems at a scale that most people never reach…?
11 March 2020
The discipline of architecture is an important part of any efficient engineering organisation. It just needs to adapt its game from the process-orientated “Enterprise Architecture” of old to something more collaborative and relevant.
8 February 2020
Message design in an event-driven architecture can be quite nuanced, especially if you want to achieve any of the benefits of loose coupling that they can be associated with.
14 December 2019
Enterprise messaging patterns are complex beasts that often warrant a common implementation across your endpoints. Should you ever be tempted to roll your own?
17 November 2019
Publishing a public API involves many considerations, from billing and metering through to documentation and on-boarding. These are likely to be addressed through a collection of solutions rather than a single all-singing, all-dancing API management platform.
6 October 2019
The problem of shared databases is not confined to monolithic systems. A big store of shared state is the guilty secret lurking in many a microservice architecture.
22 July 2019
Attempts at SonarQube adoption often fail to gain traction with development teams. The concern is that it presents a view of code quality that is not relevant to the problems teams face on a day-to-day basis. Does it measure the wrong thing?
4 July 2019
Azure Data Factory has been much improved with the addition of data flows, but it suffers from some familiar integration platform shortcomings. The claim of enabling a “code free” warehouse may be pushing things a bit.
15 May 2019
There is often too much focus on the research aspects of machine learning. When you’re putting models into production, the maths is only part of the system.
14 April 2019
You can’t eliminate coupling between collaborating services, but you can ensure that it doesn’t prevent you from enjoying the benefits of service-based development.