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Software Design Decoded

This is a delightful little book on the perennial topic of how a software architect should think and behave. While that subject seems to attract shorter books, this one is very concise – the main content is just 66 two-page … Continue reading

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Cloud Design Patterns

This is a very useful introduction to key cloud concepts and how common challenges can be met. It’s also a good overview of how Microsoft technologies may fit into these solutions, but avoids becoming so Microsoft-centric that it becomes useless … Continue reading

Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Service Design Patterns

One of the most influential architecture books of the early 00s was Enterprise Integration Patterns by Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf. That book not only provided far and away the best set of patterns and supporting explanations for designers of … Continue reading

Friday, June 5, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Next Generation SOA

This book sets out to provide a concise overview of the current state of, and best practices for, Service Oriented Architecture. While it may achieve that for some managerial readers, it is simultaneously too general for those with more background, … Continue reading

Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Responsive Web Design

There are, broadly speaking, two types of technical book: those which attempt to bring large amounts of knowledge comprehensively covering a subject area under a single cover; and those which concentrate on really communicating the core concepts of a topic. … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Reviews

Enterprise Integration Patterms

An excellent book which will become a standard reference Continue reading

Sunday, July 24, 2005 in Reviews

Waltzing with Bears

A good book covering an important and negelected area Continue reading

Friday, June 10, 2005 in Reviews

Real Options

A rather disappointing book for the general reader Continue reading

Monday, May 2, 2005 in Reviews

Modeling XML Applications with UML

An excellent book covering an important niche Continue reading

Saturday, April 3, 2004 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Business Modelling with UML

A very good guide to business-level modelling with UML Continue reading

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 in Reviews

The Elements of UML Style

An excellent little “bible” for modellers Continue reading

Sunday, July 13, 2003 in Reviews

Software Architecture Organizational Principles and Patterns

An excellent book on how to make architectural changes work Continue reading

Monday, July 1, 2002 in Reviews

VB.NET for Developers

How Technical Books Should Be Written Continue reading

Monday, June 24, 2002 in Reviews

ASP.NET for Developers

A Good Introduction Continue reading

Realizing e-Business with Components

A very good, practical book Continue reading

Thursday, April 11, 2002 in Reviews

Core J2EE Patterns

A good book, but with a shorter book trying to get out Continue reading

Friday, April 5, 2002 in Reviews

Software Architecture Bootcamp

A Game of Two Halves Continue reading

IT Architectures and Middleware

An influential book abut the real problems of big systems Continue reading

A Pattern Approach to Interaction Design

A disappointing book but with some good ideas Continue reading