Software architecture in the world of microservices

The topic of software architecture comes up often when discussing microservices. Many newcomers to microservices are not sure how to handle discussing architecture and how to make decisions. Should they bring the more traditional role of the software architect, or should everyone just do what they think makes sense? In this article, I will give you my answers to these questions and share some additional advice. Continue reading “Software architecture in the world of microservices”

Having just the right amount of technical debt

Today I want to talk to you about technical debt. This is a topic that comes up a lot and often generates some emotions. Developers often want to have a minimal amount of technical debt. Some will go through great efforts to eliminate any technical debt they see. Let me tell you what I think about it all. Continue reading “Having just the right amount of technical debt”

Making your machine learning idea real with AWS

Machine Learning and its applications are getting more popular every day. For many developers, building a machine learning powered application seems like a daunting task- all this learning, data collection, and computing power needed! In reality, it is not as difficult as it sounds- as long as you harness “the power of the Cloud”… Continue reading “Making your machine learning idea real with AWS”

Reddit API Authentication with Java/Spring

I am a big fan of Reddit. The platform is great for learning and sharing programming knowledge… In fact, it contains so much knowledge and opinion, that there is no chance for any single person to analyze it all. Sounds like a job for a machine? Before we get started, we need to learn how to authenticate with the Reddit API. Continue reading “Reddit API Authentication with Java/Spring”

Java surprises – Unexpected behaviours and features

Java is a very mature programming language – in fact, it is over 21 years old, so if it was a person it could drink even in the USA! With age comes wisdom, but also with age comes quirkiness… at least sometimes. In this article, I will look at some of the more surprising and unexpected behavior and features of the language. Continue reading “Java surprises – Unexpected behaviours and features”

Leading developers vs managing them

Words like leadership and management are used often when discussing software projects. While they may sound similar, they are quite different and are often (but not always) performed by separate people. In this article, I will look closer at these two terms and explain why one is more difficult than the other. Continue reading “Leading developers vs managing them”

How to learn AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular Cloud solution out there. More and more companies are using it every day. It makes development easier, safer, cheaper and better. Since it is becoming an expectation for backend developers to be familiar with AWS (or other Cloud solutions) I compiled here some of the best resources and ideas for learning it. Continue reading “How to learn AWS”

Should you let your developers work from home?

It seems that everyone wants to work remotely these days. Why wouldn’t they? There are some obvious benefits, such as reduced commute and working from the comfort of your own home. What is the impact on the team though? In this blog post, I focus on the impact on the team rather than individual benefits. Continue reading “Should you let your developers work from home?”

Single Responsibility Principle – do you know the real one?

Single Responsibility Principle, as defined in the very famous set of SOLID principles, is often misunderstood. When asked what it means, most developers go with- “a class should do only one thing”, or something along these lines. This is simplistic and frankly- wrong! Intrigued? Read on! Continue reading “Single Responsibility Principle – do you know the real one?”