• Just-in-time Architecture

    Architecture is the decisions and trade-offs that are appropriate for the problem at hand. While a globally distributed fault-tolerant microservices architecture might be an interesting and fun challenge to build, diving in too early will likely result in disaster. This talk tells the story of a team's journey from a monolithic architecture to event driven microservices, including missteps and learning opportunities they discovered along the way.

  • How Fast is your Website Really?

    I presented this talk at DDD Perth 2022. Watch the talk here; https://macklin.me/talk-how-fast-is-your-website-really

  • Everything is a Feature Toggle

  • Every Good Outage Starts with a Queue

    Queues are bad, but software developers love them. The problem with queues is they are binary, either they're full or empty. You'd think they would magically fix any overload or failure problem. But they don't, and bring with them a bunch of their own problems. Hear a war-story about how naive assumptions and over-optimism caused a near week-long ongoing outage. Learn about some of the reasons why queues are not a one-size fits all solution, and how there is no such thing as a good queue, only one that is absolutely necessary. Queues are in more places than you think, and they can bite you in ways that you wont expect. Are you building event sourced systems with process managers and read model populators? Are you working with serverless? This session is for you.