Arguments over whether Schumacher was greater than Fangio are not new. I’m going to present something that is new: the results of a mathematical model designed to answer who was the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time.
New systems engineers will find the Fallacies of Distributed Computing and the CAP theorem as part of their self-education. But these are abstract pieces without the direct, actionable advice the inexperienced engineer needs to start moving. It’s surprising how little context new engineers are given when they start out.
The IT industry is either taking giant leaps ahead or it’s in deep turmoil. On the one hand we’re pushing forward, reinventing the way that we build software and striving for craftsmanship at every turn. On the other though, we’re continually forgetting the good of the past and software teams are still screwing up on an alarmingly regular basis.
Software architecture plays a pivotal role in the delivery of successful software yet it’s frustratingly neglected by many teams. Whether performed by one person or shared amongst the team, the software architecture role exists on even the most agile of teams yet the balance of up front and evolutionary thinking often reflects aspiration rather than reality.