What Is Software Architecture and Why Is It Important?

You don’t start building a house without an architecture, yet when it comes to software development, most projects don’t have any well-defined architecture.

Many people attribute the difference in approaches to the fact that it’s hard to change the house that’s half done while software is malleable and hence can be changed easily at any moment.

But that’s not true. The further down the road a software project is, the harder and more expensive it is to change its architecture. It’s still doable, but it unnecessarily costs much more than it would’ve cost if some time would’ve been spent on the initial architecture.

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Hidden Costs of Cheap Mediocre Programmers

There are multiple reasons companies hire cheap programmers. Some of those reasons are valid but there’s one reason that’s not only invalid but also dangerous. That reason is hiring them just because they’re cheap.

During my career, I have personally inherited and took over a few codebases written by cheap mediocre programmers. The codebases were so bad they negatively affected productivity of the new teams for years.

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Programmer Maturity Model: Writing Code for Humans

I see too much code that solves problems and mostly works, but it’s written in a way that makes it unnecessarily hard for other programmers to understand.

One would think that it’s a matter of experience and hence it’s a given that programmers with 5+ years of experience would naturally become better at writing easy to understand code, but based on what I run into, it’s far from the truth. I’ve seen many developers with over a decade of experience still failing at this.

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Microservices Advantages: Focused, Effective, and Efficient Scalability

When you have a monolithic system of any significant size, it’s likely different parts of it require different types of resources to function optimally. Some parts are CPU intensive, while other parts are RAM intensive. It’s possible that there’s at least one part that would greatly benefit from using GPUs for some intensive computational processing.

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