Zen of Architecture

 I attended the talk by Juval Lowy at SVCC. He had a very good argument about why functional decoposition is bad. Here is how the logic goes.

Suppose the customer wants function A, B, C. The original design might be:

You might say this is not so good, since the client has to know A, B and C. How about the design below, where the client needs to know only A: 

This sounds like a better design. However, since A needs to call B and C. What you are acutally getting is:


A ended up beling bloated since it has to carry the parameters to call B and C. It can be worse, if you addeing in the error handling and transactions, what you are really end up is this:


Noticed that B, and C is even more bloated than A. B and C has to inform A what to do if there is an error. 

The good design should be layered approach where the upper layer only needs to know one layer down, and it has to be resilient to change:


The good design use those layers of abstraction (the image is not clear, but you get the idea ...

Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012

 I attended Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012 over the weekend. This is a few event for developers. I have been attending for the past few years. It is amazing to see so many people (over 2200 for last year) to join this kind of events at the weekend. This must be only in Silicon Valley!

Take a look at the crowd

The event is very well orgainized. You can sigin when you arrive and you will be given a name tag with map at the back.

There are a lot of sponsors for this event. Microsoft is showing off their "concept car". They are trying to pack as much tech as possible to the car. 




OK, enough for the pictures. I will post some session I attended later.