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Software Delivery Club Newsletter 2023-03-04

Published about 1 year ago • 1 min read

Can you believe it's March already? How is your year getting on?

It was spring break/voorjaarsvakantie this week in the Netherlands and I used this time to visit family in the UK for a few days. A well-deserved and enjoyable break but it wasn't totally spent out of the office. I've been looking for a suitable full-time role for the last few months and was very pleased this week to finally secure an exciting challenge in technical product management shaping Azure infrastructure for a large European client. More on that in the future but for the moment here are some interesting pieces from this week's news.

Simon Wardley is going to map Large Language Models (LLM) space (i.e. ChatGPT DALL-E) over the next few weeks and is looking for participants. This could be a very useful exercise in both learning more about LLM as well as more about Wardley Mapping. I'm guessing some prior LLM knowledge would be helpful. Follow this twitter thread for more details and when there's a link to the session I'll share that. I'm always looking for ways to employ Wardley Mapping for strategy and this sounds like a really interesting subject.

Also this week some noise (not all positive) around Google's new framework Service Weaver. From the website:

We are excited to introduce Service Weaver, an open source framework for building and deploying distributed applications. Service Weaver allows you to write your application as a modular monolith and deploy it as a set of microservices.

At the core of Service Weaver, it claims that you can deploy locally or in a distributed architecture using the same markup (TOML) and abstracting away network effects. Bold claims and it's probably fair to say that it's launch has caused a titter of derision on twitter comparing this to other failed attempts at doing exactly the same such as Java Network Invocation and CORBA and even gRPC.

I'll also leave you with this thought:

"Is it more important to talk a good game or to play a good game?"

Have a great weekend!

-- Richard

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