2009 highlights and plans for 2010 - part 4

More content to help you build better software

Onwards then. The plan for 2010 is simple ... more content about pragmatic software architecture and more training. I particularly want to tackle the practical side of the software design process, including how to approach software design given a blank sheet of paper. We already have a body of material about this on the site and in the training course, but I want to consolidate it further with a very simple set of techniques to use for those "where do I start?" moments. I don't want to create an "architecture process", no, just a small collection of techniques that you can pull out of your toolbox when the time is right.

The other thing that I want to do is publish some sample software architecture documents. We have software architecture document guidelines but I've had a *lot* of requests for some concrete examples. This will go nicely hand-in-hand with the content above to form a great pack of guidance for anybody tackling software design.

Finally, Kevin and I are speaking at some events in the first few months of this year, with a view to lining some more up too.

QCon London 2010
Kevin and I will be running two sessions at QCon London 2010. The first is one-day version of our training course, while Kevin will also be talking about OSGi and industrial-strength Swing.
DevWeek 2010
I'll be speaking at DevWeek 2010 in London, presenting two talks about improving software quality (automated builds in .NET and load testing).

I'm really looking to the year ahead, helping more people broaden their software development careers and build better software. If there's anything that you'd particularly like to see us cover, please feel free to get in touch.

About the author

Simon is an independent consultant specializing in software architecture, and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility). He’s also the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the founder of Structurizr, which is a collection of open source and commercial tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.

You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown ... see simonbrown.je for information about his speaking schedule, videos from past conferences and software architecture training.

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