System Design Mind Map For Building Distributed Systems

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System design is foundational for building software architecture in relation to the system under consideration. For building distributed systems, the role of system design has been the key focus area starting with back-of-the-envelop calculations during the brainstorming phase. Whether you are preparing for a system design interview or a workshop as part of distributed system’s planning phase, covering the broader spectrum of knowledge areas is essential from a software architecture…

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Tech Tip #6 – Use C4Model for documenting software architecture in a modern way

Tech Tip: Using C4Model for documenting software architecture in a modern way using the technique created by a software architect (Simon Brown). It has been inspired by Unified Modeling Language and 4+1 architectural view model and adds the modern approach to simplify documenting and visualizing the software architecture. C4Model is the modern way to document and visualize software architecture with different levels of abstractions – Context, Container, Components and Code…

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Tech Tip #5 – Use Industry Standards And Guidelines For Documenting And Evaluating Software Architecture

Tech Tip: Using industry standards and guidelines for documenting and evaluating software architecture provides consistency and common semantics across the entire organization. Software architecture is a well-defined field and while there are informal practices in terms of documenting and evaluating architecture, the recommendation is to be aware of industry standards and apply them consistently. If you are new to the field of software architecture, click here to read about the…

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Top AWS reInvent 2021 Takeaways for Architects

Top AWS reInvent 2021 Takeaways for Architects

AWS re:Invent 2021 (Nov 29 – Dec 3, 2021) has been the key highlight in the technology community particularly after the pandemic. As an in-person attendee, it was a great opportunity to learn, discuss, understand, and experience the tech event. While there are many viewpoints, this article summarizes the top AWS reInvent 2021 takeaways for architects to help them be aware of the broader context. #1 – Don’t forget the…

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Tech Tip #4 – Use Lens IDE as a unified tool to manage Kubernetes cluster

Abstraction, flexibility, transparency, and avoiding vendor lock-in are key factors in choosing the suitable Kubernetes management solution. Lens Desktop is a developer-friendly IDE to manage Kubernetes built using opensource & cloud-native principles and a great offering as a unified tool to manage Kubernetes cluster. Lens IDE is a developer-friendly offering as a unified tool to manage the Kubernetes cluster across cloud vendors, and on-premises Kubernetes in a similar way. This…

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Top 10 Tips You Should Know As A Modern Software Architect

With fast-paced technology evolution, software architecture is evolving each day with new patterns and technology choices. This article summarizes the top 10 tips you should know as a modern software architect and the list is not limited but evolving. #1 – Be observant of frameworks providing acceleration towards Microservices Architecture (MSA) With Microservices Architecture in mainstream adoption, most of the frameworks either have started remodeling themselves as per Microservices Architecture.…

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Key Takeaways from SpringOne 2021 Developer Conference

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SpringOne is a conference organized by VMWare (earlier Pivotal) is the premier conference for developers and architects building cloud-native software. They have recently concluded SpringOne 2021 on September 1-2, 2021 covering broader areas such as beginner and advanced Spring framework, Architecture Patterns and Cloud-native Platforms. This article summarizes key takeaways from SpringOne 2021 developer conference. #1 – Developer productivity & application platform is pivotal Highlighted key focus areas to enable developer’s…

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Modern Technical Buzzwords You Should Know As A Software Architect

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With the fast-paced technology landscape, there are modern technical buzzwords every software architect encounters on a day-to-day basis. The purpose of this blog is to enlist the majority of these buzzwords that you should know as a software architect. These are coined by industry experts, technology companies, research firms, domain experts, cloud companies, and so on. To ensure that we collaborate as a community, we have created a GitHub repository…

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Essential Engineering Skills For Every Software Architect

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As a software architect in today’s world, expectations of essential engineering craft have increased drastically with the rise of the spectrum of technologies. Full-stack architecture knowledge, product & design thinking with customer centricity, startup mindset to do experimentation applying platform engineering, proactive production monitoring & observability applying SRE practices, and many more engineering practices are the new normal. The breadth of Engineering Knowledge is becoming more important than the depth…

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Engineering Blogs Every Software Architect Should Read

As a Software Architect, being aware and gaining broader context is a table-stakes in the current environment. But with information overload with many sources (social media, blogs, news articles, etc.), it is essential to prioritize your reading preferences. The decision to what to read and what not to read is a personal decision and your area of interest/skillset (user experience, web, data, integration, machine learning / artificial intelligence, IoT, DevOps,…

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