Back in the day, large-scale monolithic mainframe systems ruled the world. While some of those monolithic mainframe systems still roam the earth, today we have new architecture techniques, patterns, and styles that provide us with fresh and exciting ways to think about how we approach building software systems. Event-driven architecture, service-oriented architecture, microservices architecture, and a plethora of other architecture styles have emerged to help us build better and more effective software solutions. But what factors led software architecture to move from where we were 30 years ago to where we are now? And how will those factors influence software architectures in the future? Mark Richards discusses the social, economic, and technology factors that have enabled the evolution of software architecture over the past three decades and explores what the future of software architecture might look like.
Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect focused on the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems in J2EE and other technologies. He’s been involved in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark served as the president of the New England Java Users Group from 1999 to 2003. He’s the author of numerous technical books and videos from O’Reilly, including Software Architecture Fundamentals (video), Enterprise Messaging (video), and Java Message Service (book), and he’s a regular conference speaker at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) symposium series. Mark has spoken at over 100 conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics. He holds a master’s degree in computer science as well as numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun, the Open Group, and BEA.
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