What is software architecture? It depends. Everyone in IT asks this question at some point and the answer they get is a mixed bag depending on who tries to answer it. So to deepen the general state of confusion I thought I would add yet another definition. What IS a Software Architect? It depends. I think of Software architects as “Master builders”. They may not have the title “Architect” but they are doing most of the following:
On the Design of Small Things
Those who do not understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. Henry Spencer The following is from the wikipedia article on Unix Philosophy. It is interesting to apply these rules when designing Microservices, there is significant overlap. Unix did it first. In his book, The Art of Unix Programming that was first published in 2003, Eric S. Raymond, an American programmer and open source advocate, summarizes the Unix philosophy as KISS Principle of “Keep it Simple, Stupid.
So another year draws to a close and I thought I would review the last 12 months in my favourite data struture; lists. Think of this as a far less interesting homage to Fogus yearly reviews. Books Technical Over the last few years I consume less technical books purely because the content to be found online can be of great quality and books can rarely keep track with the rate of change in tech.
Software, Estimation and the Planning Fallacy
My flight is delayed for 3 hours so I’m taking the rare opportunity to put together some thoughts on how software project estimation can trip companies, teams and individuals up. Waterfall Remember way back when everyone thought the Waterfall model was great? Well actually no, for the most part they didnt. The Waterfall model was put forward by Winston Royce back in the early 70’s as an example of a broken SDLC model.
Directed Graph of hubski users created with D3
Using some c# code to scrape hubski.com I was able to produce a pretty basic directed graph showing users follower connections. Source code on github Demo version Advanced Demo version I started off by scanning a users profile and recording various pieces of information such as: - Age in days - Number of followers - Number of people followed - Number of badges received. I then looped over each of that users followers and recorded the same information, and then their followers, and then their followers… you get the idea.
What is this blog about? This is a playground blog to store some posts written by a guy called Gary Kenneally. You should follow me on twitter @secretdeveloper. This blog contains static content generated from a github repository Development Programmer, System designer, and Technical Lead on a variety of large enterprise projects and solutions including Websites, Windows Services and large SOA systems. Other than that I play with all sorts of different technologies when I find the time.
Data Models, functional composition and validation
KnockoutJS demo using Google Books API
Knockout.js Introduction A quick and dirty demo to show off a very simple example of what you can do with some knockoutjs code and an AJAX call. I use the google books API to provide a simple search form. Show me the Code JSFiddle: Check out the jsfiddle I also use the underscore library to work with the observableArray but that is not really a requirement. I just like it.