Frameworks, libraries, languages and deconstructing bullshit

Actually, when I was writing this article I was on vacation, relaxed, far away from work, with limited access to Internet, reading books, enjoying time with kids. It is just an example of what happens when I spend too much time away from coding. I start to think. Seriously. I recommend this exercise to everybody.

Oh, and one more note, this article contains strong language. Some statistics, word bullshit is used nine times (including this sentence) and word fuck is used two times (including this sentence). You are likely to disagree with my points, and that’s ok. It is ok to disagree and have different point of view, and even call me dump. I would love to hear some arguments with this article, because it would mean I am not surrounded by zombies. This would bring some hope into my life.

I’m tired. This is the feeling I’m hiding deep inside of me. It is not a burnout, because I have it under control.

But I am tired. After 20 years (or more, depends how you count), I can say it out loud. I am tired.

There have recently been a couple of blog posts, articles on happiness level in our overpaid, teased by recruiters with shining like a diamond benefits, eco offices with best of breed fair trade coffee, thin and lightweight Macs, scrum owners (actually psychologists in disguise, and you know what I think about psychology) who are here for you to listen and tokenize and parse your feedback, with tons of empathy for your everyday struggle with The System.

The System, the Monster your created, so later on you can refactor it, using new shining Sword Of New Technology Blessed On Another Cool Conference By Some Unknown Priest of Whatever. It reminds me about the “DragonHeart” movie, where the last living dragon, played by Sean Connery, makes a deal with dragonslayer. The dragon rides villages, burns and destroys everything, then comes the dragonslayer, he “slays” the dragon in well played “heroic fight”, gets the prize and they move to the next village. The System is the dragon and we are the dragonslayers. We get prizes, and move on. The Dragon (khmmm… The System), stays the same. Complex, with dependencies descriptors, getting bigger and bigger, and soon, all our microservices will turn into The System. Where information density is equal on all levels of abstractions, where partial decomposition is impossible and database (this time NoSQL database) is central design lock.

Bullshit.

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Your inbox and where we can traverse from there

I love when my brain has some spare cycles. I love this feeling of being bored. And I love this moment when one of my brain’s cells wake up and shouts out loud, “hey, let’s do something”. In these moments everything looks like a fun thing to do, the next most important project that is going to change the world. I have so many such projects, not finished, never actually fully implemented, the next big thing. Because life is too short to finish projects :).

This time, one of my projects turned into something that works, and I have been using it for the last two years more than 20 times, a Neo4j workshop.

It was a dark, snowy night in Cracow, Poland when said to myself, “hey, what if, I put all my emails into Neo4j”. Doesn’t this sound like a fun project? Of course, it does. You may ask, so what’s the business value of such project. Let me explain you, my business value minded people, fun is the ultimate value, together with exploration and finding people I can go for a drink. That’s what I call business value.

So let me welcome you to a journey on how to find your “true” friends by analysing your inbox in a graph.

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We are crowd, we are anonymous

WARNING
This post is full of emotions, strong words, my own opinions. It is far from being politically correct in any dimension. If you know me, you know what I mean. You read this post on your own responsibility.
I struggled since Friday two weeks ago to actually get it in shape and post it. I have compressed a year long of frustrations and anger.
Enjoy!

Friday, finally. When I was leaving office I was filled with anger, disappointment and this weird feeling of lost hope and faith in humanity. I am coder, by heart, and by accident I work with people.

On the way back home I was thinking about this post as a way for me to deal with all my frustration, being mainly driven by my interactions with other people. As I was passing tram stops I finally realized that there is something different which is a reason of my bad mood and what a surprise, the reason is different then I thought.

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In mind of 4Developers’2015

So, end of call for papers for 4Developers’2015 is approaching fast, it is actually end of January. I will be honest with you, I don’t have a clue what I will be talking about at “the only”, “the biggest” software architecture track in Poland, this year :). Yeah, I little bit of megalomania is never enough.
But actually it is true, in 2014 we had two full rooms of people, in parallel, listening to real world cases studies from battlefields.
Why I am writing this post at my almost dead blog? Simply, because a single tweet is not enough to tell you about my plans for this year. My dream is that every year, software architecture track at 4Developers will have different leitmotif. I also hope it will help you to find a topic you can talk about.

The word for this year is:

FAILURE

Failure in many different shapes. Tell us how and why you failed implementing newest, coolest architecture paradigm, how you design your systems, so they can fail in a controlled way. Tell us how you design for failure and how you fail fast.

Of course if you want to talk about something else, that’s cool, but I will prefer talks about failures, in any technology and framework, over other talks. So don’t wait to fail, submit your talk to 4Developers at CfP page, or write to me directly. In case you are not convinced you are a right person to stand in front of crowd to talk about failures, believe you are.

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Graphs, pyramids and organic growth

For last couple of months I have been thinking, researching, trying and failing to build different approach to software architecture.As I am getting closer to my 40ties it is high time to summarize what I have learned so far. All the past I spent following others, learning from people, adapting paradigms, testing them in real life, and throwing majority of them to a trashcan, as they were idealistic, utopian visions of reality.
Does it mean I want to concur the world with yet another manifesto? Give consultants a chance to write one more book? Does it mean I want to start a revolution? Ask you to forget all you have learned? For God’s sake, no. If I every do this, it means that I was drunk, or somebody forced me to do it.
The things I think about is rather a librarian like work, a village’s shaman who decided to put all the collective knowledge and wisdom of the tribe, written in the stone. It is rather collection of articles,blog posts, discussions, things so obvious they even don’t have name, so it is hard to talk about them.
So I named this thing, I called it Patterns of Organic Architecture. Nice name, would look nice at the cover book I will never have time to write.
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Real World Enterprise Integration Patterns workshop at JDD conference in Krakow, 16-17 October 2013

Real World Enterprise Integration Patterns workshop at JDD conference in Krakow, 16-17 October 2013

Pipes and filters, content routers, messaging endpoints and gateways, aggregators and splitters. Want to hear what is all about? Want to hear some real world stories about building application integrations with Spring Integration. Come and join me at Java Developers Day conference in Krakow, 16-18 October 2013.

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My “Practical Spring Data” accepted JavaDay conf in Riga

My “Practical Spring Data” accepted JavaDay conf in Riga

This is going to be a great time for me and I hope for attendees as well :). I must admit I have never ever been in Riga and I have never ever been beyond east side of Polish border. I need to start looking for accommodation and flight. Any suggestions are more than welcomed 🙂

See you there in November.

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“I ty też możesz mieć swoje dane w cache”

Tym razem w ojczystym języku, czyli moja prezentacja o cache w aplikacjach, dzięki uprzejmości i gościnności Polish JUG.

Stokrotne dzięki za możliwość prezentacji premierowego materiału, ciągle na etapie eksperymentów z formą i treścią 🙂

“Enjoy the ride!” 🙂

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Spring Integration with JGroups

This time something different, a framework 🙂

From time to time, even I, professional framework “hater”, need to write or contribute to some framework. Just to prove how “bad, bad, bad” frameworks are 🙂 Just to feel “filthy” and “dirty”. Just to feel this chill down my spine, when I have to frame my thoughts within boundaries set by somebody else:)

This time I was playing with Spring Integration, an interesting approach to implementation of patterns described in a book
“Enterprise Integration Patterns: Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions” by Greg Hohpe and Bobby Woolf, a real classic.
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Testing asynchronous code

This is my first every “quicky”.

Recently I didn’t have time to write posts as I was travelling back and forth to conferences, code katas and so on. I have a long list of things to write about, and not enough time to give it attention they need. In the meantime I get distracted by my “pet” projects, articles and posts. Usual thing. Ok, enough excuses 🙂

Whenever I got a chance to squeeze time and space, I am working in a spare time on my projects… , actually haven’t committed to my “pet” projects a single line of code for a month or so. This is sad story about every single of my “pet” projects. It is not that I am lazy :), it is more because of a broken connection in my brain. Because of this broken connection when I build concept or an idea for a “pet” project my brain “gets high” pretty fast, I work on it day and night, commits flow into repository like waters of holy river Ganges, until the “aha” moment.
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