Ron most recently served as CTO of the SIF Association, an XML standard organization in the K-12 area. A 20 year veteran of Sun Microsystems, he co-founded the JavaPOS initiative, and has taught an evening section of Object Oriented Analysis and Design at De Anza College for the last 10 years, is the somewhat sheepish holder of several software patents and has been keynote speaker at multiple partner conferences and selected industry events. His current technology focus is on design patterns and application (rather than module) integration.
Money Magazine identified Software Architect as its #1”Best Job” to hold in the U.S. in 2015 (http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2015/01/27/best-jobs-2015), and its practitioners earned half again more than either of the top two finishers. If you have prior exposure to an object oriented programming language and have ever wondered what a Software Architect actually “does” for a living, this is the course for you.
We tackle complex “back office” problems like the entire Student Registration System at a typical College Such problems should be especially interesting to those who desire to understand the boundaries of software components in large organizations and how they interoperate to support important use cases (ex: Student enrolls in a Course).
Software Architects deeply “think about”, discuss and develop solutions for problems like these using the Object Oriented paradigm, in which the basic abstractions defined in the problem description are identified, fleshed out and manipulated. On truly large projects, it is only after both the system analysis and design are complete that the programmers get called in to implement and deploy the resulting solution. This is exactly the relationship between the architect and the craftsmen (plumbers, electricians and carpenters) during the building of a house. By necessity, they think about the house in very different ways. One of the most important take-aways from this course is “learning how to think like a software architect”.