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On the Design of Software Organizations – Balancing Autonomy with Governance

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Featured, management, organization design, technology
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Software Engineering & Agility

How organizational design has evolved over the years. How autonomy must be balanced with governance.



De-coupling releases from deployment

Jul 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured, management, organization design, process, technology
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Software Engineering & Agility

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Software Engineering & AgilityIT industry is all about change. Functionality needs to constantly evolve. You need more content, more products, more promotions and what not. In fact, a static web site is not very interesting in the eyes of its users. It gives the impression […]



What Lewis Carroll can teach us about Web Architecture

Jun 18th, 2015 | By | Category: architecture, design, Featured

“Why it is simply impassible!

Alice: Why, don’t you mean impossible?

Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing’s impossible!”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking glass



On Technical Debt

Mar 9th, 2015 | By | Category: architecture, design, Featured, java, management, technology
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Software Engineering & Agility

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Software Engineering & AgilityTechnical debt has been mentioned in multiple blogs. Ward Cunningham apparently coined the term. As a software product starts acquiring more and more features and thence complexity; it tends to degrade in certain ways technically. If all potential product features are documented in a […]



On Micro Services Architecture – Old Wine in a new Bottle?

Apr 9th, 2014 | By | Category: architecture, Featured, soa

The Micro Services Architecture has emerged as yet another old wine packaged in a spanking new bottle. Thought Works and Netflix have published this architecture to the multitude with their blogs and frameworks. People have jumped into the bandwagon and have deployed Micro Services for multiple situations. Look at this video for instance. There are […]



Unit Testing Spring-Hibernate Code with HSQLDB

Aug 6th, 2013 | By | Category: code snippets, design, j2ee, java

Recently, we used hibernate extensively in a Spring based  Java application to connect to an Oracle DB. For unit testing, we decided that we should connect to HSQLDB so we can test out the usage of hibernate in a more portable manner. I scoured the web for snippets of code to achieve this. Finally, I […]



Opspeak

May 7th, 2013 | By | Category: architecture, design, Featured, management
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Architecture Viewpoints and perspectives

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Architecture Viewpoints and perspectivesIt is one of software’s little ironies that most architects would fervently wish to see their software run forever and yet fail to foresee how the system would be maintained after it goes LIVE. This is where the operational viewpoint shines. This view point […]



On Architecture, System Thinking & the Nazca Lines

Jun 21st, 2012 | By | Category: architecture
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Architecture Viewpoints and perspectives

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Architecture Viewpoints and perspectivesLegend has it that Bill Gates was the first self proclaimed software architect. Then the fad caught on and the rest is history. Everyone wants to now be part of this selective fraternity. So much so that it is hard to fling […]



Stevey Can Rant.. I Cant

Nov 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Featured, management, technology

Stevey’s Rant has been making the blogging rounds recently. Everyone and their aged and ailing mothers are talking about it including yours truly of course – not my mom though – with this post.  I like the rant of course along with the multitude. Who can resist reading contemptuous digs on Jeff Bezos or for […]



Ecommerce & Java

Aug 24th, 2011 | By | Category: java

I recently spoke at a Java conference in Bangalore where we discussed Java and E-commerce. This is becoming important with the advent of major e-commerce re-platforming efforts in some significantly large organizations. I am enclosing the deck that I had used in the meeting here. Ecommerce & Java Take a look!