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, Mark Richards 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, Mark 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. Mark also shares tips for developing a career as a software architect.
Architecture patterns (cont.)
Architecture techniques and soft skills
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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