Though Java was my primary way of earning a living from about 1997 to 2015, it has long outlived the problems it solved. Java’s issues are being solved now by modern tools like Docker. Except for a few niche use cases, I no longer use Java for my projects.
There is no such thing as one grand unified full-stack programming language or a full-stack developer using a single tool. As a SaaS software architect, I certainly do not see some holy grail from my vantage point. We need to use tools that best meet the needs of the task — and the needs and the skills of developers who use them.
The only way I could wrap my head around this code was by printing it out, taping printed sheets together, spreading it on the floor, and crawling over it using a highlighter to annotate blocks of code.
Developers should feel empowered to configure their environment and development tools to their liking and contribute to the shared team standard. They should know the libraries they picked and why they picked them. They should be able to articulate why they like one programming language over another. As part of their job, each developer should be able to state clearly and in actionable terms how they’d like to work.
My pet UX peeves described above all seem to fall under the same category: each app thinks it is the only app running on my phone, and it is the only app I am using. It boils down to the developers’ respect for my time.
Telecommuting in and of itself isn’t the end — it is the means to a more flexible work arrangement. In a sign of changing attitudes in the enterprise world, Gizmodo is reporting that Salesforce would “allow its employees more freedom in choosing how to structure their work lives going forward.”
For many years I couldn’t understand what software architects do. Early in my career, I thought they were useless. As a young developer, I felt that I could do the job of a business analyst, software architect, and developer all at the same time. Now, seventeen years into my post-college career I am one myself. I am trying to learn what it means to be a good software architect, and I hope to be one myself.
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