Fundamentals of software architecture
Sunday, February 23—Monday, February 24
What you'll learn, and how you can apply it
By the end of this two-day training course, you'll understand:
- The role of an architect
- How to think like an architect
- How to be an effective leader as an architect
And you'll be able to:
- Select the right architecture pattern for your application
- Identify and design software architecture components
- Make well-informed architecture decisions
Who is this presentation for?
- You're a senior-level developer who wants to become a software architect.
- You're a junior architect who wants to become more effective in your role.
Hardware and/or installation requirements:
- A laptop (useful but not required)
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.
- Course logistics and introductions
- Roles and expectations of an architect
- Architecture knowledge and technical breadth
- Architecture versus design
- Balancing hands-on coding and architecture
- Identifying architecture characteristics
- Translating requirements into architecture
- Team exercises: Identifying architecture characteristics
- Microservices architecture pattern
- Service-oriented architecture pattern
- Service-based architecture pattern
- Layered architecture pattern
Architecture patterns (continued)
- Event-driven architecture pattern
- Pipeline architecture pattern
- Microkernel architecture pattern
- Space-based architecture pattern
- Team exercises: Identifying patterns and styles
- Identifying components and services
- Component granularity
- Component coupling
- Component cohesion
- Team exercises: Identifying architectural components
- Team architecture presentations
Architecture techniques and soft skills
- Leadership skills: Making development teams effective
- Tips for developing an architecture career path
- Additional architecture resources
About your instructor
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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