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Software Alchemy

The Art and Science of Software Development

Clean Architecture

In this blog entry I give a primer on Clean Architecture, which is a modern, scalable formal software architecture which is appropriate for modern web applications. Next, I discuss how Domain-Driven Design fits into this picture, and how DDD concepts dovetail nicely into Clean Architecture, producing a methodology called Clean DDD. Finally, I introduce Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS), and describe how it complements and enhances Clean DDD solutions to create software systems that are elegant, robust, scalable, and testable.

Domain Driven Design

What is Domain-Driven Design? It is a software design methodology which seeks to efficiently create business logic components and functionality from business requirements, typically by working closely with domain experts. In this entry, I give a brief overview of Domain-Driven Design (DDD) and discuss its importance in modern software development.

Monoliths/Microservices/Multitenancy

This entry discusses some of the high-level concepts that are relevant to modern software architecture at a general level, namely monoliths vs. microservices, and multitenancy. I'll give some guidance as to what those mean, and how they are applied to this foundational concepts blog series and the accompanying demo application. In this and future blog entries I'll assume that you fall into a certain audience, namely individual entrepreneurs, small software startups, or developers/teams building new solutions within a larger organization. This information is still valuable if you are working on legacy systems or doing what we call brownfield development. However, the spirit of the information presented is most applicable to building new solutions from scratch, what is referred to as greenfield development.

Software Architecture

This is the first in a series of blog entries in which I will elaborate on progressively more advanced subjects, beginning with fundamental software patterns, practices, principles and conventions; culminating in the establishment of an architectural template demonstrating how to build enterprise business applications which can be deployed to the Microsoft Azure cloud. Along with this and future blog entries, I'll be using a demo application for a fictional organization to demonstrate the concepts I discuss. Additionally, I talk about some topics that are relevant to the "inner game" of software development.