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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video Review: Software Architecture Fundamentals - Part 1 by Neal Ford, Mark Richards

Neal Ford and Mark Richards are legendary folks in the Software Architecture world so naturally I was excited to get my hands on this video, part 1.

Being an "Architect" means different things to different people. It is a very complex, scary, world. The expectations are boundless. There are all kinds of architects in the IT world and I had a poor understanding of it before I went through this video. I was impressed by the coverage of all aspects and types of architects. Whether it is continuous delivery, tooling, navigating the political landscape, documentation, design patterns, etc - all are covered in great depth. The feeling is refreshing after you finish this series. A good sense of humor from both the architects keeps the interest piqued.

 The demand and pay for architects is at an all time high. It is the best time in the IT industry to become an architect. The challenges are endless and the bar is really set high. This video puts things in the right perspective and would be instrumental in your success as an architect.

Once you go through this video, no one would be able to challenge your knowledge of what an architect should be or should not be doing. I would have given this 6-stars hands-down but the current system lets me give only 5-stars. 

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