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DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective This is the first DevOps book that shows a realistic and achievable view of the full implementation of DevOps. Most of the books and other literature I have read on DevOps are all about the culture, the attitudes, how it relates to Agile and Lean practices, and a high level view of microservices. This book includes all that, but they are not its main focus, and it goes several steps further with respect to the architecture and infrastructure needed for the implementation. The book is broken down into five parts. I have listed each part below along with the chapters they include. Part One: Background Chapter 1. What Is DevOps? Chapter 2. The Cloud as a Platform Chapter 3. Operations Part Two: The Deployment Pipeline Chapter 4. Overall Architecture Chapter 5. Building and Testing Chapter 6. Deployment Part Three: Crosscutting Conc... (more)

Mastering the Requirements Process: Getting Requirements Right Book Review

Today we have a lot of different software development processes to choose from. We have Scrum, XP, the Unified Process, the Rational Unified Process, the Open Unified Process, the Enterprise Unified Process, Lean Processes, DSDM, TDD, Cleanroom, RAD, Spiral, and Waterfall. I am sure there are plenty more. Those are just the ones I can think of sitting here waiting on the train. All the different processes out there have one thing in common, not getting requirements right is their Achilles' heel. Wrong requirements mean a lot of rework at best, and complete project failure in the ... (more)

Book Review: Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition

This is a great place to start learning Java. I think the book is good for beginners to start learning Java, as well as great reference for those experienced with Java. The book does not use an IDE to create, compile, and run the programs. It uses javac and java commands to compile and run. I used both the SDK command lines and the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition to compile and run the programs. Both worked fine, but I also have an interest in learning to use IntelliJ IDEA. The book covers the Java language, the Java Library, Software Development with Java Beans, Swing, Servlets,... (more)

Book Review: Implementing Domain-Driven Design

Agile is not easy and implementing Domain-Driven Design (DDD) is not easy. I think my favorite part of the book is that the author realizes that, and also has a realistic perspective on what it takes to successfully use agile processes and DDD. The book starts out with a really nice overview of DDD. By the time you are done the first chapter you have a pretty good high level picture of what DDD is all about. One topic he really drives home is Ubiquitous Language. Ubiquitous Language is a shared team language that defines a certain domain. When you are reading about Ubiquitous Langu... (more)

Book Review: Patterns of Information Management

There are some books I think every CIO, IT Director, Enterprise Architect, Software Architect, Business Analyst, Developer, and Database Administrator should read. This book is one of them. I have read plenty of books which I consider classics that will not lose their core value over time. They include Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture, Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code, Patterns of Data Modeling, Service Design Patterns: Fundamental Design Solutions for SOAP/WSDL and RESTful Web Se... (more)