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Architecture at different levels of abstraction

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This week I am attending the O'Reilly Architecture Conference in NYC with my team and I had the pleasure of attending a two day training on Building Evolutionary Architectures presented by Neal Ford and Rebecca Parsons.

During this session, on of the things we talked about extensively was coupling. We looked at dependency maps for different architectural styles including the big ball of mud. We saw something like the following and almost everyone agreed, "That is a bad architecture."

Big Ball of Mud
This reminded me of something I has seen elsewhere before, and after a quick search, I found it: Netflix Death Star Architecture
The ball of mud is considered obviously wrong by most architects, but the death star seems to be held up as an ideal by just as many and likely most of the same architects. Why is this?
Are afferent coupling (inbound dependencies) and efferent coupling (outreaching dependencies) only important at a certain scale?Is it a matter of getting things done? W…

The SLC .NET User Group

On 8 February 2018, I had the opportunity to speak at The SLC .NET User Group in Draper, Utah.

Professional Software Craftsmanship
As our profession grows and matures, it becomes more and more important for us to develop a sense of what it means to be a software professional. Analogies to existing professions are easily drawn. Precision and analytical problem solving are essential. So are we engineers? Creativity and willingness to try things we’ve never done are core to success. So are we artists? We are a new breed of professional that draws on but is unique from what has come before.

Info about the meetup can be found here.
A version of the slides for Professional Software Craftsmanship can be foundhere.