CNN recently rated software architect the number one job in America. Yet no clear path exists for moving from developer to architect. Why? Because software architecture is a massive multidisciplinary subject with no clear definition or job description, making it difficult to chart a course that covers all of the training and knowledge required to become an effective software architect.
Being a software architect involves more than just drawing boxes and lines. It requires thinking like an architect, being a leader, and understanding the elements, patterns, and styles necessary to create effective software architectures. Leveraging many of the topics found in his Software Architecture Fundamentals videos from O’Reilly, Neal Ford blends lecture and hands-on real-world group exercises to explore the many aspects of software architecture.
Knowing what styles and patterns best fit your situation is critical to the success of your architecture. You’ll learn various integration styles—including event-driven architecture, microservices architecture, microkernel architecture, and service-oriented architecture—and when to use each. You’ll then apply your knowledge in real-world small-team exercises, making decisions about which patterns best fit various business needs and requirements.
Along the way, Neal emphasizes how important soft skills such as leadership, communication, facilitation, and negotiation are to a software architect and demonstrates related techniques, including some core leadership best practices and how to make development teams effective. Neal also shares tips for developing a career as a software architect.
Architecture patterns (cont.)
Architecture techniques and soft skills
Neal Ford is a director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy that thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Neal focuses on designing and building large-scale enterprise applications. He is an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of Agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored magazine articles, seven books (and counting), and dozens of video presentations and has spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide on the topics of software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, and cutting-edge software innovations. Check out his website at Nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at email@example.com.
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