The Many Challenges of a (Software) Architect

Software Architecture is a fascinating subject. The objective of a solid architecture for a system is to generate an underlying structure that is separates components in a meaningful way, but at the same time, is flexible to allow the system to grow in capacities and functionalities. That it’s performant, reliable and scalable within the required parameters, but it’s as easy to work with as possible. Even worse than that, the work is to do that at the same time that a myriad of other competing priorities are being done, new functionalities are… Read More

Futures and easy parallelisation

Here is one small snippet that it’s very useful when dealing with quick scripts that perform slow tasks and can benefit from running in parallel. Enter the Futures Futures are a convenient abstraction in Python for running tasks in the background. There are also asyncio Futures that can be used with asyncio loops, which work in a similar way, but require an asyncio loop. The Futures we are talking in this post work over regular multitask: threads or processes. The operation is simple, you create an Executor object and submit a task,… Read More

“Python Architecture Patterns” now available!

My new book is available! Current software systems can be extremely big and complex, and Software Architecture deals with the design and tweaking of fundamental structures that shape the big picture of those systems.The book talks about in greater detail about what Software Architecture is, what are its challenges and describes different architecture patterns that can be used when dealing with complex systems. All to create an “Architectural View” and grow the knowledge on how to deal with big software systems.All the examples in the book are written in Python, but most… Read More

Python Automation Cookbook for only $5!

There’s currently a Christmas offer in Packt website when you can get all ebooks for just $5 or 5€. It’s a great opportunity to get the second edition of the Python Automation Cookbook and improve your Python skills for this new year! Also available, of course, is Hands-On for Microservices with Python, for people interesting in learning about Docker, Kubernetes, and how to migrate Monolithic services into Microservices structure. A great opportunity to increase your tech library!

“Python Architecture Patterns” book announced!

We are getting close to the end of the year, but I have great news! A new Python book is on the way, and will be released soon. Current software systems can be extremely big and complex, and Software Architecture deals with the design and tweaking of fundamental structures that shape the big picture of those systems.The book talks about in greater detail about what Software Architecture is, what are its challenges and describes different architecture patterns that can be used when dealing with complex systems. All to create an “Architectural View”… Read More

Basic Python for Data Processing Workshop

I’ll be running a workshop at the European ODSC this 8th of June. The objective of the session is to provide some basic understanding of Python as a language to be used for data processing. Python syntax is very readable and easy to work with, and its rich ecosystem of libraries makes it one of the most popular programming languages in the World. We will see some common tools and characteristics of Python that are basic to analyze data, like how to import data from files and to generate results in multiple… Read More

Got interviewed as PyDev of the Week!

I got interviewed as part of Mike Driscoll’s PyDev of the week series. You can check the interview here

PyLadies Architecture Talk

I gave last November an online talk (at 2020 demands) in the PyLadies Dublin about the general software architecture that we are using in one of the projects that I’m working on, a proctoring tool for online exams. It’s on the minute 26 go the video, the other talks are also quite interesting. (the talk is directly accessible by the URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIY-Z7daEG0&t=26m10s ) Hope you like it!

2nd Edition for Python Automation Cookbook now available!

Good news everyone! There’s a new edition of the Python Automation Cookbook! A great way of improving your Python skills for practical tasks! As the first edition, it’s aimed to people that already know a bit of Python (not necessarily developers). It describes how to automate common tasks. Things like work with different kind of documents, generating graphs, sending emails, text messages… You can check the whole table of contents for more details. It’s written in the cookbook format, so it’s a collection of recipes to read and reference independently. There are… Read More

Brexit

I know politics is not the usual subject in this blog, but I want to make an exception. We are right now at 31st of January 2020, the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU. A bit of background first: I am a Spaniard that has been living in Ireland for the last 10 years. I’ve always been influenced by British culture, I guess through music and literature, and at some point I was considering moving to the UK for work. When I read the results of the referendum, back in 2016,… Read More