Monday, Full Day
Software Architecture: It's What's Missing From OO Methodologies
Convention Ctr — Room 13
Jim Doble, Tavve Software Company
Gerard Meszaros, Clearstream Consulting
Ron Crocker, Motorola, Inc.

Explore the challenges associated with the development of large-scale, real-life, proprietary, object-oriented, distributed, embedded, and multi-tier software systems, and discuss the path of a new professional discipline: the software architect. The software architect needs to be able to organize software systems, and make strategic design decisions, to achieve business goals related to system availability, security, scalability, survivability, long-lived flexibility, large-scale granularity, data quality and maintenance, system metrics and reports, packaging and delivery mechanisms. These issues are not commonly explored via UML or other popular modeling approaches, but are nevertheless critical to the success of modern software development projects. The teaching style for this tutorial is case-driven, and hands-on in nature. Attendees will be divided into teams to work on architecture problems. Throughout the day, working sessions will be intermixed with instructor lectures, to achieve a participatory learning experience. The goal is that attendees will learn both from the instructors and from each other. As a result, the attendee is assumed to have experience building at least one real-life software system of substantial size.

Attendee Background: Attendees should either be currently working as software architects, trying to establish a software architecture practice within their company, or working on software systems where they believe an increased emphasis on architecture is needed. Attendees should have experience building at least one real-world software system of substantial size.

Presenters: Jim Doble has worked as software developer, manager, and architect within the telecommunications industry for over 19 years. He started his career with Nortel Networks, primarily working on central office switching systems, spent two years with Allen Telecom developing cellular infrastructure products, recently worked for Motorola, Inc. on software architectures for cellular phones, and is currently employed as a principal engineer at Tavve Software Company, developing network management solutions. In addition to architecture, Jim’s technical interests include patterns, prototyping, and tools development.

Gerard Meszaros is an acknowledged expert in software architecture and patterns. He has led or participated in workshops on software architecture at OOPSLA since 1994. He has published patterns in the first three volumes of “Pattern Languages of Program Design.” His clients include Nova Gas Transmission, Tandem Computers, TELUS Communications, Digital Technics, Intelligent Databases, TransCanada Pipelines, DMR, and IBM. He has been invited to speak or participate in panels at OOPSLA, PLOP, and other national and international conferences.

Ron Crocker is a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Network and Advanced Technology department in Motorola, Inc. where he is responsible for cellular system architecture and design. He has over 15 years of experience with object-oriented technologies, starting as a C++ guinea pig.

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