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Microservices – recent and upcoming events roundup

The last year or so has seen a surge in interest in microservices and so I’ve ended up contributing to a couple of podcasts on the subject and was also invited to air my thoughts by the BBC Academy after speaking at their annual internal BBC::Develop conference.  All good stuff. The links are here:

BBC Academy

Short (~15 mins) featuring myself, Russ Miles and Rachel Evans interviewed on microservices. (It’s me! On the BBC!)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/technology/article/art20150108152505124

Software Engineering Radio podcast #213

This is an hour long podcast from SERadio of an interview I gave last summer. It’s interesting because the longer format gives myself and Johannes time to explore some ideas in more depth than is perhaps usual.

http://www.se-radio.net/2014/10/episode-213-james-lewis-on-microservices/

There is a transcript of parts of the interview in the January/February 2015 issue of the IEEE software magazine. Link coming soon

.NET Rocks! #917

A little older but another hour long podcast from the awesome dudes at .NET Rocks where myself and Matt Collinge  from Compare the Market talk about organisational change, microservices and CQRS.

http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=917

What’s next?

It’s looking like a really busy first half of the year (and of course I’m also working with our clients during this period too):

BCS Edinburgh – 4th February 2015, 6:30 pm

I’m speaking at the local BCS branch on microservices and the “one true way”.

http://www.edinburgh.bcs.org/events/2015/140205.htm

Microservices Exchange, Berlin. 12/13 Feb 2015

Speaking on polyglot programmes at the microservices exchange conference in Berlin. This should be really fun and features lead thinkers in the field. Adrian Cockcroft will be there as well as former colleague Fred George (who arguable coined the term) and current colleague Sam Newman.

http://microxchg.io/

QCon, London. 2-6 March.

Lots happening at Qcon this year. I am a track host for the “taming microservices” track. We have Dan North, Phil Wills, Todd Montgomery and Phil Calcado (with one more to confirm) speaking on testing, design, protocols and operationalising microservices. I’m really excited about this as I really respect the speakers I’ve managed to get to talk for us. (And Todd is ex-NASA, how cool is that!).

http://qconlondon.com/track/taming-microservices

I am also running my and Sam Newman’s tutorial on design and implementation of microservices:

http://qconlondon.com/tutorial/design-implementation-microservices

Craft 2015, Budapest. 22-24 April.

I’m running the microservices tutorial again in Budapest at Craft. Again, excited about going since I’ve heard great things about the conference but never been before.

http://craft-conf.com/2015

GOTO Chicago, 11-12 May, 

I’m speaking on microservices in chicago at the GOTO conference. these are still my favourite conferences as an attendee and as a speaker. Thanks for the invite!

http://gotocon.com/chicago-2015/

I T.A.K.E Unconference, Bucharest. 28-29 May

I’m giving a keynote at this great unconference in Rumania in May. Details of this are still be worked out but I’m really looking forward to visiting.

http://2015.itakeunconf.com/

GOTO Amsterdam, 17-19 June

I’ll be in Amsterdam at another GOTO event. First time visiting this one so pretty excited (and obviously thrilled to be asked).

http://gotocon.com/amsterdam-2015/

It’s looking like a busy 6 months indeed.

Lean and Lego @ AgilePeterborough

I’ve been asked to present at the Agile Peterborough meetup this Wednesday, 20th March.

I’m really pleased that the organisers have asked me and that we have had so many folks register for the event. There is a growing software development and craftsmanship community centered on companies based in and around Peterborough and I’m delighted to support the group.

The talk is one of my favourites, Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon. I’ve given this previously for both clients and at Agile on the Beach and it’s always a fun topic.

Java micro services talk online

I was asked to present this year at the 33rd Degree conference on Java Micro-services and i’ve finally managed to get the slides up on slideshare.

You can find them here.

I would like to thank the conference organisers since I had a really interesting week with some great feedback. I really need to write a bit more on the topic since it seemed the topic was useful and interesting for people.

Thanks everyone who attended. Hope to see you again next year.

ThoughtWorks QTB – Choose your own Programming Language

With my colleague Ian Cartwright, I recently delivered a talk on programming language adoption at ThoughtWorks EU Quarterly Technology Briefing.

The video can be found here

Synopsis

Gone are the days when your company was limited to C++ or Java. The last few years have seen an explosion of programming languages promising “10x more productivity” or a “quicker return on investment” but what is the reality behind these claims? Programming language choice has an impact far beyond the immediate, after all COBOL applications still perform billions of business critical transactions every day and an estimated 86-94%* of software cost is incurred post development. In addition, the world of computing is changing, Moore’s Law still holds, but in an unexpected way – we can no longer rely on faster CPUs to boost performance, instead we need to have multiple CPU cores. So what does this mean for language choice in the Enterprise? This Quarterly Technology Briefing will explore these dilemmas and offer practical advice on how to balance often opposing concerns; stability vs innovation; fast to market vs easy to maintain; fashion vs staff retention; etc. We’ll do this by looking at historical motivations for changing patterns of language use and ask which of those, alongside which new forces and pressures should we be considering today.

Upcoming talk on building micro services

I’m chuffed that I’ve been asked to speak at the 33rd Degree conference which runs 19th – 21st of March in Krakow, Poland.
I’m going to be speaking on building micro services in java – something I’ve been advocating for a while (and will get around to writing up sometime soon…). Talk synopsis follows:

Micro services – Java, the Unix Way

“Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together” was accepted 40 years ago yet we have spent the last decade building monolithic applications, communicating via bloated middleware and with our fingers crossed that Moore’s Law keeps helping us out. There is a better way.

Micro services. In this talk we will discover a consistent and reinforcing set of tools and practices rooted in the the Unix Philosophy of small and simple. Tiny applications, communicating via the web’s uniform interface with single responsibilities and installed as well behaved operating system services. So, are you sick of wading through tens of thousands of lines of code to make a simple one line change? Of all that XML? Come along and check out what the cools kids are up to (and the cooler grey beards).

This is a talk about building micro-services using simple java tools

Update: Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon

Update: The talk went really well I’m pleased to say. I guess Lego and Star Wars really appeals to most geeks…
Video and slides can be found here

I’d like to say a big thank you to the organisers – a first event and an unquestionable success.

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Upcoming talk: Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon
Location: Agile on the Beach – Cornwall
Dates: 15th – 16th September

I’m really pleased to be giving a talk on lean practices at the 2011 Agile on the beach conference. The talk is a slightly irreverent one, using our experiences at ThoughtWorks London of building the largest Lego set ever produced to introduce the ideas of self organisation, continuous improvement and lean practices. I’ll cover a bunch of more involved ideas from Lean too – cycle time and the like. I’m dead chuffed, as the speaker list is good and the location promises to be beautiful.

If you are interested in Agile Development or Software Engineering and live in the South West, or even want a break on the beach whilst seeing world class keynote speakers (not me) then come along – it should be fun.