1. The tar pit

This post is part of a series of posts with my personal notes about the chapters in the book “The mythical man-month” by Frederick P. Brooks. I write these posts as I read through the book, and take notes on the concepts I find more relevant. I do, however, advise reading the book to get the full benefit out of it.

“The mythical man-month” is a historical, emblematic and seminal book about management of software development projects. It was first published in December 1st 1974, but republished 20 years later, in 1995, with four extra chapters. Despite having been written so long ago, it is still today a reference and a worthwhile reading, with the due context adjustments.

The author, Frederick P. Brooks has been involved in the development of some of the most important and emblematic early electronic computers and has been awarded countless times throughout his career, including the Turing Award, generally recognized as the highest distinction in computer science and the “Nobel Prize of computing”.

This is the first chapter, and Frederick P. Brooks starts off by identifying the craft of system programming and the joys and woes inherent in it. Continue reading “1. The tar pit”

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Action-Domain-Responder

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned about Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

MVC was created in 1979, in a context of desktop applications with CLI user interfaces and it implied that the UI would be changed automatically if there were changes in the database, caused by some factor external to the user. The same pattern was perfectly usable later on desktop applications with a GUI.

However, its usage in web applications has always been an adaptation because most web applications don’t change the UI as a consequence of changes that happen in the server side, there is always a call from the UI asking the server side for an update of the screen.

I have talked about variants of the MVC pattern before, this post is about another variant: Action-Domain-Responder, created by Paul M. Jones. Continue reading “Action-Domain-Responder”

Resource-Method-Representation

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned about Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

MVC was created in 1979, in a context of desktop applications with CLI user interfaces and it implied that the UI would be changed automatically if there were changes in the database, caused by some factor external to the user. The same pattern was perfectly usable later on desktop applications with a GUI.

However, its usage in web applications has always been an adaptation because most web applications don’t change the UI as a consequence of changes that happen in the server side, there is always a call from the UI asking the server side for an update of the screen.

I have talked about variants of the MVC pattern before, this post is about another variant: Resource-Method-Representation.

I feel the need to talk about it, not because I find it a key pattern in my practice but because of the misconception that it is the same as the ADR pattern, of which I will write about soon. Continue reading “Resource-Method-Representation”

“Model 1” & “Model 2”

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned about Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

Java Server Pages (JSP) is a technology, a scripting language comparable to PHP, ASP, or even Python, that is used to create server-side pages interpreted by the JVM and which can use Java objects.

The first JSP specifications, published in 1998 by Sun Microsystems, defined two ways of structuring an application so that the presentation logic would be decoupled from the business logic, and even the use cases, in an HTTP request/response paradigm.

Some consider these “Model 1” and “Model 2” the first tries at adapting the MVC pattern, originally intended for a context of desktop software development, to the web HTTP request/response paradigm. Continue reading ““Model 1” & “Model 2””

More than concentric layers

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned on Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

In my previous post in this series, I published an infographic that reflects the mental map I use to figure out the relationships between the code units types.

However, there was something that I always felt it was not very well reflected there, but I just didn’t know how to do it any better: the shared kernel.

Furthermore, I figured out a few more things, and I’m gonna write about it all in this post!

Continue reading “More than concentric layers”

DDD, Hexagonal, Onion, Clean, CQRS, … How I put it all together

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned about Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

After graduating from University I followed a career as a high school teacher until a few years ago I decided to drop it and become a full-time software developer.

From then on, I have always felt like I need to recover the “lost” time and learn as much as possible, as fast as possible. So I have become a bit of an addict in experimenting, reading and writing, with a special focus on software design and architecture. That’s why I write these posts, to help me learn.

In my last posts, I’ve been writing about many of the concepts and principles that I’ve learned and a bit about how I reason about them. But I see these as just pieces of big a puzzle.

Today’s post is about how I fit all of these pieces together and, as it seems I should give it a name, I call it Explicit Architecture. Furthermore, these concepts have all “passed their battle trials” and are used in production code on highly demanding platforms. One is a SaaS e-com platform with thousands of web-shops worldwide, another one is a marketplace, live in 2 countries with a message bus that handles over 20 million messages per month.

Continue reading “DDD, Hexagonal, Onion, Clean, CQRS, … How I put it all together”

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned on Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

The SOA Style has been around since the late 1980s and has its origins in ideas introduced by CORBA, DCOM, DCE and others. Much has been said about SOA, and there are a few different implementation patterns but, in essence, SOA focuses on only a few concepts and doesn’t give any prescription on how to implement them:

  • Composability of user-facing applications;
  • Reusable Business Services;
  • Technology stack independent;
  • Autonomy (independent evolution, scalability & deployability).

SOA is a set of architectural principles independent of any technology or product, just like polymorphism and encapsulation are.

In this post I am going to address the following patterns related to SOA:

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