February 23–26, 2020

Architecture: The hard parts (SOLD OUT)

Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Sunday, February 23—Monday, February 24
Location: Nassau East
Average rating: *****
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Participants should plan to attend both days of training course. Note: to attend training courses, you must be registered for a Platinum or Training pass; does not include access to tutorials on Monday.

Neal Ford highlights solutions and trade-offs to architecture's difficult problems. You'll discover tools and practices to help you choose the proper granularity of components and services, messaging styles in microservices (choreography, orchestration, sagas), and data topics, including microservices caching and data meshes, styles of reuse, and reactive architectures.

What you'll learn, and how you can apply it

  • Understand trade-off analysis for architectural granularity, messaging styles in distributed architectures, and how to handle data in service-based architectures

Who is this presentation for?

  • You're an architect.




  • A basic understanding of modern architecture styles


Part I: Pulling things apart

  • Components as architecture building blocks
  • Domain partitioning
  • Choosing monolithic versus distributed
  • Architecture quantum
  • Building blocks for distributed architectures
  • Broker and choreography
  • Mediator and orchestration
  • The value of asynchronicity
  • Synchronous versus asynchronous
  • Asynchronicity patterns
  • Workflow patterns
  • Data abstraction patterns
  • Why modularity is important to architects

Part II: Putting them back together

  • Contract management
  • Fitness function for contract maintenance
  • Orchestration and workflow
  • Sagas
  • Data caching

Part III: Best practices

  • Supervisor consumer pattern
  • Producer control flow
  • Overflow pattern
  • Thread delegate
  • Workflow event pattern
  • When to orchestrate versus consolidate versus choreography

About your instructor

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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’s 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 nford@thoughtworks.com.

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Neal Ford | Meme Wrangler
02/07/2020 5:18am EST

No special preparation—we cover a variety of solutions to difficult architecture problems, so awareness of the basic structure of architectures like microservices helps.

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Drew Flint | Distinguished Engineer
02/06/2020 3:35pm EST

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