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Just Enough Software Architecture: A Risk-Driven Approach [Hardcover]

George H. Fairbanks (Author)

This is a practical guide for software developers, and different than other software architecture books. Here's why:

It teaches risk-driven architecting. There is no need for meticulous designs when risks are small, nor any excuse for sloppy designs when risks threaten your success. This book describes a way to do just enough architecture. It avoids the one-size-fits-all process tar pit with advice on how to tune your design effort based on the risks you face.

It democratizes architecture. This book seeks to make architecture relevant to all software developers. Developers need to understand how to use constraints as guiderails that ensure desired outcomes, and how seemingly small changes can affect a system's properties.

It cultivates declarative knowledge. There is a difference between being able to hit a ball and knowing why you are able to hit it, what psychologists refer to as procedural knowledge versus declarative knowledge. This book will make you more aware of what you have been doing and provide names for the concepts.

It emphasizes the engineering. This book focuses on the technical parts of software development and what developers do to ensure the system works not job titles or processes. It shows you how to build models and analyze architectures so that you can make principled design tradeoffs. It describes the techniques software designers use to reason about medium to large sized problems and points out where you can learn specialized techniques in more detail.

It provides practical advice. Software design decisions influence the architecture and vice versa. The approach in this book embraces drill-down/pop-up behavior by describing models that have various levels of abstraction, from architecture to data structure design.


Friday, July 31, 2015
Welcome to Southern California .NET Architecture Users Group
The next So Cal .NET Architecture / ALM Team Systems IASA chapter meeting will be Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Outsource Technical, 2 Corporate Plaza, Suite 125, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, pizza and networking 6:30 pm. Meeting cost is $5 to help us cover the cost of food and beverages. RSVP by emailing to David Wells if you plan to attend.

So Cal .NET Architecture / ALM Team Systems next meeting Tuesday, July 28

Engineering Highly Maintainable Code: Maintain or Innovate

How long does it take your company to implement a new feature? Fix a bug? Ramp up a new developer? To re-write your code every five to ten years because it turns into spaghetti? At the end of the day, developers can do one of two things: maintain or innovate. In this session, Steve will dive in to code and show you tips, tricks, techniques, and examples to help you better engineer highly maintainable code to keep your software relevant, reduce development costs, and increase developer job satisfaction.

Presenter: Steve Andrews

Steve is the Founder and Executive Director of Platinum Bay Technologies, a Limited-Profit social enterprise and business software technology company designed to employ people on the Autism Spectrum with safe and empowering full-stack software engineering careers. Steve is a sixteen year software engineering veteran and has designed high-level solutions for a wide range of international and U.S. corporations, including a small software company in the Pacific Northwest you probably haven't heard of. He is a four-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient and holds multiple Microsoft and IBM certifications. Steve has also spoken at over 120 events across North America and has served on the board of several industry non-profit organizations. When he's not guiding software solutions or engaging with the Autism community, Steve plays guitar and keys and enjoys getting outdoors to skydive, kayak, mountain bike, and hike. Occasionally he even gets to sleep. Occasionally.


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