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Architecture Weekly #108 - 2nd January 2023
Welcome to the new week and the new year!
Have you made a New Year’s resolution?
I’ve got something for you if you want to start with:
- blogging: 10 notes on the 10th blogging anniversary,
- Open Source: How to get started with Open Source?,
- Event Sourcing: Introduction to Event Sourcing - Self Paced Kit.
Yet, be careful what you wish for, as it may come true. Putting too much pleasure on yourself may be dangerous.
I'm struggling a lot with my workaholism tendencies. Sometimes I'm winning; sometimes, I'm losing. I see a similar battle also around me, looking at my colleagues. I wrote last week on why we should not be like Ebenezer Scrooge and fight our workaholism. Of course, being detail-focused and going the extra mile is a double-edged sword. It can be a valuable character trait if it’s tunnelled in the right direction. Read about it more in Compulsive Personality: A New and Positive Perspective.
Looking at my bubble, I think I might be the only person who hasn’t yet tried GitHub Copilot or ChatGPT. I’m not against it; I’m seeing them as the chance to reduce boilerplate work and give us more time to focus on the essence - so delivering business value and solving non-trivial cases. Still, I see the dangers in those approaches around original authors’ attribution, using it in the right context and security. It’s important not to treat AI as an objective source of truth but as a helper. Read more in:
Btw. there’s a WIP work to deliver the Open Sourced ChatGPT version. See:
I was always saying that Event-Driven Architecture is like building your software like LEGO blocks. You can break your business workflow into smaller pieces and join processing using events. One block publishes new facts, and the other reacts. It appears that it works both ways! EDA enables you to build your systems like LEGO, but also LEGO uses EDA!
EDA is also an essential block of serverless architecture, of which I’m a huge fan. Most of the stuff we build is Boring Line of Business applications. Our tech stack should also be boring, but we’re making it complicated to have more fun. Serverless approach help to make your infrastructure and glue part a commodity. However, it requires a different shape of your codebase and business process. Read more with AWS tooling as an example:
Check, also other links!
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