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Software Architecture Fundamentals Understanding the Basics

Video Description

In this anticipated video series, Neal Ford and Mark Richards examine the responsibilities of a software architect, specifically the knowledge and skills you need to be effective in that role.

The first video in the series, Software Architecture Fundamentals Understanding the Basics, not only introduces development techniques, but also pinpoints the skills you need to be a successful team leader. You’ll learn about the four main aspects of a software architect, and quickly discover the difference between architecture decisions and technology decisions. In this video, you’ll explore:

Soft Skills:

  • Investigate techniques for communicating effectively as a team leader
  • Measure your technical knowledge, including technical depth vs. technical breadth, and multi-platform skills
  • Discover how to increase your expertise of business domains
  • Learn how ensure a successful implementation by matching methodology with architecture
Architectural Techniques:
  • Make your architecture more adaptable to changes in business and technology
  • Explore various techniques and patterns for integrating multiple applications and databases
  • Get a true understanding of enterprise architecture by examining the context and goals of an EA implementation

The topics in this video set the stage necessary to understand the enterprise architecture approaches and strategies demonstrated in the series’ next video: Software Architecture Fundamentals Beyond the Basics.

About the presenters

Neal Ford is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy. Proficient in a variety of languages, paradigms, and architectural styles, his primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications.

Mark Richards is an experienced hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service oriented architectures, and distributed systems in J2EE and other technologies.

Clearing a path from developer to architect and enriching that path once you arrive.

Software architecture is a fast-moving, multidisciplinary subject where entire suites of "best practices" become obsolete practically overnight. No single path or curriculum exists, and different types of architecture—application, integration, enterprise—require different subject emphasis. Whether you’re at the outset of a career as an architect or in the midst of such a career, series editor Neal Ford has curated this collection of tools and guides for aspiring and seasoned architects alike.