Navigating through the hypes, Software architectures and patterns to help avoiding your projects to crash – this year’s DevDays talk.

Good to hear that I’ve made the program of this year’s Microsoft DevDays. Will be a challenging talk on software architecture and patterns, titled just like this blog post. Here’s the description. Hope you like it.

Navigating through the hypes, Software architectures and patterns to help avoiding your projects to crash

When it comes to .Net software development, more and more frameworks enter the market. Both from Microsoft and in open source. Just think of all the very useful frameworks, such as ASP.NET MVC, Castle, WF, Entity Framework, Unity, Linq2SQL, ADO.NET Data Services, WCF, nHibernate, Spring.NET, CSLA, NUnit, Enterprise Library or ADF.

Once a project chooses to apply one or more frameworks, trouble begins. What if you require additional features that aren’t implemented in the framework? What if you decide that another framework would have been better and want to switch halfway your project? What if the author of your favorite open source framework suddenly stops developing? What if the framework contains bugs or omissions? And what if a new version of the framework is released that is implemented totally different? These and many more everyday problems will cause your project to come to a halt, or at least make you perform serious refactoring.

During this highly interactive talk Sander Hoogendoorn, principal technology officer at Capgemini, chief architect of Capgemini’s agile Accelerated Delivery Platform, and member of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Advisory Board, will demonstrate pragmatic software architectures and patterns that will help your projects to stay away from framework problems, and how to keep your code independent of framework choices. In his well known slightly ironic style Sander will present different models of layered architectures, and explain and use bridge patterns, managers, dependency injection, descriptors, and layer super-types.

Of course, the speaker will illustrate these insightful patterns with lots of demo’s and (bad) code examples using blocks from Microsoft’s Enterprise Library, nHibernate, Log4Net, and the Entity Framework. Delegates will benefit from this talk by learning how to improve the structure and quality of their software architecture and code, and how to avoid the pitfalls of applying frameworks to .Net software development.