Next Meeting - June 2nd 6:00pm

June's meeting has accomplished author and NFJS speaker Neal Ford talking about building microservice architecture.


  • This meeting will not be at our usual location, instead it will be at Principal Financial Group (750 Park St downtown.) The meeting will be in the z-shaped building, in the southwest corner of the 1st floor. The security entrance you’ll need to enter is also on the west side of the “Z” but on the north side. You access that entrance from Park St. Our security staff has asked attendees to park in lot L2, just north of the Z building.

  • Due to seating constraints, we will need everyone to sign-up in advance. If you do not sign-up, security will not let you in.

Inspired by success stories from companies such as Amazon and Netflix, many organizations are moving towards microservice architectures at a brisk pace. This session provides a thorough overview of the pros and cons for microservice architectures, when it is applicable, and some nascent best practices.

Microservice architecture is important because it’s the first architecture to fully embrace the Continuous Delivery and DevOps revolutions. In this session, I cover the motivations for building a microservice architecture (including making the distinction between “regular SOA” and microservices), some considerations you must make before starting (such as transactions versus eventual consistency), how to determine service partition boundaries, and ten tips to dowse you towards success. I also discuss the role of polyglot development, enterprise governance, how data and databases fit into this new world, and tooling to help ensure consistency between core services like logging and monitoring. This session provides a thorough overview of the pros and cons for microservice architectures, when it is applicable, and some nascent best practices.

About the speaker:

Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis.

He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks.

If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at

This meeting will be sponsored by Principal Financial Group

Principal Financial

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