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Architecture Weekly #82 - 4th July 2022
Welcome to the new week!
Last week I finished with the link about the nostalgic journey of digging out old gems and how software design has changed. This time I’ll start with a similar piece. I think it’s essential to understand where we come from and how we transitioned. Thanks to that, we can learn where are we going and predict upcoming changes. Especially in our rapidly changing industry, such knowledge can be critical. We can also find out that not all the jazzy patterns we just learned are so brand new. Check:
A decent example of this thesis is REST. We usually think about it, focusing on the HTTP verbs and Resource naming. This is fine, but it’s not the most crucial aspect. The most important is Hypermedia, so linking resources together. It allows for designing and semantic evolutionary APIs. That makes it also easier to create frontend applications. See more in:
Speaking about frontend. To say that I’m not a fan of client code generation is to say nothing. I think this is one of the ideas that sound appealing but ends up as a maintenance nightmare. It’s a nice dream that never comes true. Why? Read more in my article:
If Pat Helland has a new article or video, it’s a straight recommendation from me. Check his latest one:
Changing the topic, as you know, I’m an active OSS contributor. Even last week, I produced two new bigger samples:
I think that, in general, the OSS model is broken. It’s hard to maintain OSS software sustainably. I think that bigger enterprises are showing their open face just to have social proof, which is trendy to be open. Donations are not real solutions. Check:
I wholeheartedly agree that enabling tooling can be a good step forward. It won’t solve all the issues, as we maintainers need to learn how to sell our work and build products, not just code for fun and burn out eventually.
Speaking about burnout, have a look at
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