Software Architecture Fundamentals Part 2
Taking a Deeper Dive
By Neal Ford, Mark Richards
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2014
Run time: 5 hours 57 minutes

"Software Architect" places in the top ten of most annual surveys of best jobs, yet no clear path exists from Developer to Architect. Why aren’t there more books and training materials to fill this demand? This video series by Neal Ford and Mark Richards starts filling the information gap.

Software architecture is a massive multidisciplinary subject, covering many roles and responsibilities, making it challenging to teach because so much context is required for the interesting subjects. It’s also a fast moving discipline, where entire suites of best practices become obsolete overnight.

In two videos—Understanding the Basics and A Deeper Dive—this series covers a vast array of subjects, all grounded with the common theme of architecture, emphasizing techniques to allow architecture for change. Each installment covers topics in application, integration, and enterprise architecture.

A Deeper Dive advances the discussion from Developer to Architect by covering application, integration, and enterprise architecture. We discuss evaluating architectures (including making formal processes like ATAM more agile and effective), and various architectural frameworks:

  • Application architecture: Understand the impact that modern engineering practices like Continuous Delivery have on architectural decisions. You’ll learn about different abstractions, their pros and cons, and how to effectively choose between them.
  • Integration architecture: Examine the pros and cons of SOAP vs REST, as well as integration hubs like ESBs as an architectural pattern, and some common integration patterns.
  • Enterprise architecture: Delve into centralized and decentralized approaches, 4 types of strategies for decision making, and evolutionary architecture and emergent design.

Discussion augments the material throughout, providing differing opinions and contexts on many subjects.

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    Comments about oreilly Software Architecture Fundamentals Part 2:

    Well if the first video got a 5/5 rating, you can be sure that the second part deserves that as well. Although more advanced than the first part, it's pretty obvious both videos must be considered to be one workshop. Looking a the clothing of the instructors and audience in the studio (2 people), tt's pretty clear they were recorded on the same day :).

    While the first video was more about common sense and obvious rights and wrongs (patterns and anti-patters), the second part seems to boil down to 'it depends'. TIMTOWTDI (There is more than one way to do it) will Perl people say. By example, it was clear the instructors had a very different opinion about SOA and Continous Delivery.

    Like in the first part, the chapters titles are well chosen and give a correct overview of the subjects that make up the course. The video starts with Architecture Tradeoffs (see above), followed by Continous Delivery, Abstraction and Choosing and Comparing Architecture. More applied are the chapters about Web Services and Messaging, SOA, Integrations Hubs and the continuation of Continous Delivery. More abstract where the Approaches to Enterprise Architecture, Strategies, Evolutionary Architecture and Emergent Desing.

    Again, this video delivers what it promises. Neal Ford and Mark Richards are still enthusiastic about their teaching and seem even more involved in the second part.

    Again, great series. Kudos to Neal and Mark.
    Software Architecture Fundamentals Part 2
    Taking a Deeper Dive
    By Neal Ford, Mark Richards
    Publisher: O'Reilly Media
    Final Release Date: April 2014
    Run time: 5 hours 57 minutes

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