Design

 Engineering You • Martin Thompson

What are the characteristics of a good software engineer? It's a topic many people would argue endlessly about. This is not surprising given we are effectively living in the era of software alchemy. Some of the best programmers draw on strong scientific and engineering backgrounds and combine this with craft-like coding skills in a virtuous feedback cycle. In this talk, we explore the individual practices and techniques that can help bring out the engineer in you.

Design Philosophy Video

Sep 16 2021

 Django structure for scale and longevity

Why? Django is great. But as we add new features, as our dev team grows and the software needs to be stable on production, things can get quite messy. We are going to look at some common patterns, derived from experience, on how to structure your Django project for scale and longevity. What? Main topics are: Django service layer or where should business logic live? Using Django Rest Framework in a clean and repeatable way and combining it with the service layer. Testing everything that matters, without repeating ourselves in different tests. We are going to talk about when to rely on existing abstraction so it's actually helpful and when to avoid existing abstraction, and code things ourselves. The examples showed in this talk are derived from working with Django in the last 5 years on projects with: Daily production usage and production deploys. Dozens of apps. Hundreds of models and APIs. Tens of integrations working simultaneously. Teams of 5 to 10 people. Who? Key takeaways from the talk: Increased productivity when developing with Django. Deeper understanding of the software development process with Django. Demo project with everything mentioned in it. The talk is great for all levels of Django knowledge - from beginners to advanced users and teams. How The main way of getting the point across is going to be by showing regular code, talking how it can get messy and then following up with examples of improving that code. Hopefully this talk will start a lot of discussion afterwards. Breakdown of the talk: Django service layer: Fat models or fat views? Where do I put my business logic? What is a service and what goes into a service? What is a selector and what goes into a selector? General Django structure: How many apps should I have? Structuring your code so youр team can be more productive and have less conflicts. Common modules and utilities. Doing APIs with Django Rest Framework: Splitting APIs in 2 groups - "giving data" and "taking data" Using a lot of generics for "give data" When do to selectors? Using no generics for "take data" (APIView + Services) Handling errors from services Inlining serializers and avoiding serializers reuse A neat inline_serializer util Introducing general error formatting for your API Testing all of that - what should be and not be tested?

Design Django Python Video

Aug 18 2021

 Unconditional Code • Michael Feathers

Many systems are full of error checks and conditional logic. They introduce discontinuities that make reasoning difficult. In this talk, Michael Feathers will present a conceptual framework for dealing with errors, conditionality and decision making at the level of code, architecture and user interface. Often by changing design and revisiting requirements we can make various error cases impossible, and make code and architecture simpler as well as more robust.

Abstraction Design Video

Mar 18 2021

 Core Design Principles for Software Developers by Venkat Subramaniam

Writing code is easy. Writing good quality code is an entirely different story. How can we measure the quality of design? How do we know we're doing the right set of things that will lead us to a better design? In this session, we will learn about some core software design principles that help programmers every day. Instead of talking about theory and what we could potentially do, we will take on multiple examples, discuss the solution, pros and cons, and bring out key design principles that have an impact on the outcome.

Architecture Design Video

Feb 14 2016