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 involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He’s been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of Developertoarchitect.com, a website devoted to helping developers in the journey to software architect. He’s the author of numerous O’Reilly technical books and videos, including several books on microservices, the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series, Enterprise Messaging video series, Java Message Service, second edition, and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know. Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun Microsystems, The Open Group, and Oracle. He’s spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.
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