Recommended reads and videos of 2020

2020 hit hard on us and brought a lot of unexpected surprises: COVID-19 and burden on healthcare system, hard times for private business, especially for small-to-medium companies, restrictions, lockdowns and much more… On the other hand, a lot of companies and individuals changed the way how they work: in short terms remote work become as natural as it was going to the office in pre-Corona times. We got more time after all. We could dedicate it to our families and things we like to do most. From professional perspective, we could dedicate freed up time for online courses and readings. As for me, this year I started filling some gaps in certain areas like DevOps and Kubernetes, I discovered brilliant resources on Software Architecture and of course it was a year of deep dive to functional programming for me. Also I finally started my own blog, which you, my dear comrade are reading now. I would like to share with you my list of courses and readings which made up my year. Hope you will find it useful as well.

Righting Software by Juval Löwy

It doesn’t matter if you are experienced architect or just interested in Software Architecture, you definitely need to read that brilliant work. Author offers an idea of volatility based decomposition and compelling arguments to avoid functional and domain decompositions. The book is made up of two sections: one which describes The Method for System Design and one which describes the Project Design. System Design is all about technical implementation of volatility-based decomposition. It teaches you how to plan and split complex system into parts and create design which is flexible and maintainable for years of operation. Second part of the book gives you exhaustive knowledge on Project Design: how to plan project from the beginning to the final delivery. It covers staffing, cost planning, estimations and much more. What I found nice in the book is that author operates with very concrete examples and metrics, graphs and formulas. Everything in this book is concise, concrete and beautiful, however I should admit it is not something which is easy to read, you should have some background and experience with building software.

My verdict 9/10

The Pragmatic Programmer: 20th Anniversary Edition, 2nd Edition: Your Journey to Mastery by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt

20 years old classic revisited. All the main concepts described back in 1999 still valid in our field by current days. Authors made corrections to the current realities we live in like cloud computing and spread of microservices, but more important, they give invaluable advises on how to take responsibility on your own actions, how to develop your career, how to behave like Professional. This book reminds me another classic – The Clean Coder by Robert Martin, but I think it covers a bit wider range of aspects and from different angle. In my opinion it is a must read for every software engineer.

I have pleasure to listen to the audiobook version. Audiobook is organized as a series of sections, each containing a series of topics. It is read by Anna Katarina; Dave and Andy (and a few other folks) jump in every now and then to give their take on things.

My verdict 10/10

Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software 2nd Edition by Michael Nygard

This book was published in the late 2018. I recommend this book for everyone somehow related to releasing software in production. It will save you years of try and learn in a hard way. Author already had all that experience and kindly shares it with us. You will understand typical problems with distributed systems. It touches a variety of different aspects like robustness of a system, security, versioning and much more. Very engaging book. As soon as you pick up this book, you will not put it down until you read it to the end. Also author had a great sense of humor, so the book is fun to read.

My verdict 9/10

F# From the Ground Up

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Great course on Udemy by Kit Eason. Full of examples and quite interactive. Very good for beginners who wants to get grasp on functional programming and get practical experience.

The Art Of Code by Dylan Beattie

Glorious and hilarious talk on code from the perspective of an art. Dylan Beattie the author of the Rockstar programming language. The ending of the video is really epic 🙂

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Servers! by Sam Newman

Interesting talk by the author of Building Microservices books. Thoughts on where we are going and trends in cloud computing.

That’s it. Wish you all Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year 🎄🎅

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