Daily Wrap Up – March 13, 2023 (#044)

Back from a short vacation which was fun, but not relaxing. That’s pretty common, right? Please tell me yes. I read a bunch of good things today, including some very strong pieces on architecture, the importance of writing, and leadership versatility.

[blog] Don’t let these two multicloud mistakes turn your IT into a running joke. Each week, I write and distribute an internal newsletter that starts off with some “Richard takes.” Our marketing team is now taking some of those, improving them, and turning them into blog posts. Here’s the latest.

[blog] Why Write? This is the most important link you can click on here. It’s a reminder that the process of writing is where we develop ideas and understand problems. Don’t outsource that to AI in the name of convenience.

[blog] Design and Test for the 7 Architecture Pillars. Here’s the concluding post in Chick-fil-A’s series about their architecture principles. This post emphasizes their core pillars. It’s a good blueprint for other EA teams to follow.

[blog] The End of Silicon Valley (Bank). I haven’t followed this story particularly closely, but Ben’s recap clearly describes what happened and why it matters.

[article] It Takes Versatility to Lead in a Volatile World. Are you a “versatile” leader? Apparently only 9% truly are, which means they capable of toggling between different behaviors (e.g. take charge, delegate to others) based on the circumstances.

[blog] Table functions — A hidden gem in Google’s BigQuery. This is actually a pretty cool capability that I didn’t know about. You can create a “table function” that takes in parameters and gives you more control over what data is returned to the user.

[blog] Developing resilient applications with Toxiproxy and Testcontainers. How do you actually test your app to see how it handles network failures? Turn hardware on and off? This looks like a smart alternative.

[blog] How to Migrate from Google App Engine Python 2 to Python 3 with Minimal Risk. I came across this customer’s blog post that showed how they migrated 75,000 lines of code without downtime to the app.

[youtube-video] Aaron Wanjala on a Bootiful Podcast to talk Google and Spring. My worlds collided by watching a current DevRel colleague interviewed by a former DevRel colleague.


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Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former InfoQ.com editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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