Naeem Sarfraz

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Sketchnote from DDDNorth 2015

Another fantastic event with a brilliant range of topics and I captured one of them in a new sketchnote presented below. The day started with a session on Sketchnoting for Developers which covered most of what I know about sketchnoting so far.

Other sessions I attended included:

  • IoT development fun with .NET and Rasberry PI @christosmatskas (slides) – Potentially a great session but was a little short and missed sharing some lessons learnt during the development process.
  • Microservice Architecture, what is it, why it matters and how to implement it in .NET @shawty_ds (slides) – I heard about Nancy previously but after this talk I tried it for the first time and was impressed at how easy it was to get it up and running. Another useful takeaway was the topshelf library for creating windows services.
  • Monoliths to Microservices @samelamin (slides) – See the sketchnote below. Really good and valuable real world experience, try and catch this talk at other conferences where Sam is presenting.
  • Monitoring and addressing technical debt with SonarQube @richardfennell (slides) – Again some good real world experience and factors to consider when starting with SonarQube.

Onto my sketchnote. I’m still using the same pen and paper as I did in my last attempt but this time I didn’t feel the need to sketch each session and stuck to the one I felt was of most value to me. And this time I used a scanner to take a copy which gives a much better result than my phone.

DDDNorth 2015 Monoliths 2 Microservices

Sketchnotes from DDDEA 2015

Over the weekend I was at DDD East Anglia armed with my gel pen and notebook. I’ve been attending these events for years taking the odd note here and there but recently I came across a different way of note taking called Sketchnoting. The end result is fab and one quick glance at my notes allows me to quickly recall all the important info from the talk.

Below you can find my notes from the event right after reflections from the experience.

  • Get a moleskin notebook. I couldn’t use the reverse side of the paper because it was too thin and the gel ink came through.
  • The big message I took from the book was to listen out for the big ideas. You can only do that when you’re not sketching so I tried my best not to be sketching all the time.
  • Practise, practise and more practise. This is key to being quicker with the pen and being able to do more with it.

The sessions:

  • DDD, CQRS and Event Sourcing... how do I actually DO it? @neilbarnwell
  • Monolith to Microservices @IJohnson_TNF
  • Become a MEAN developer!! @shonuzzz
  • You keep using the word agile, I do not think it means what you think it means @NathanGloyn

DDDEA 2015 DDD CQRSDDDEA 2015 Monolith 2 MicroservicesDDDEA 2015 MEANDDDEA 2015 Agile

I’m looking forward to doing this again at DDD North (24th October) and the session “Sketchnoting for Developers”.

Feel free to share any tips in the comments below and check out the recent podcast episode of the MS Dev Show on Sketchnotes with Mike Rohde for more info on, you guessed it, Sketchnoting.