Our First Wrong Kind of Fast

Scott Davis debunks common software tropes with empirical, quantifiable, measurable facts — what he calls "Evidence-Based Architecture". Watch a clip and read a transcript from the presentation at the GIDS Architecture Live 2020 series.

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If we go to hapi's homepage right now: https://hapi.dev/, we'll see that hapi isn't a toy project. In fact, it was developed by Walmart and it was released on Black Friday, the most busy, popular, overwhelming shopping day on the Internet. If you do a web search on “Walmart nodejs Black Friday”, you'll see a number of case studies around this.

And while that might sound foolhardy, it was in fact, a bold statement saying, we trust this. We have built this to the scale where we know it can handle even Black Friday levels of traffic.

Now on their homepage, we see a praise quote from Brendan Eich, who is the creator of JavaScript that should give us some confidence in the enterprise grade solution we're talking about, but here's what sold me: when you npm install hapi, every single line of code you get, every single line has been verified. You never have to worry about some deep dependency or some sketchy dependency.

That's powerful!

So we're going to talk about a number of different kinds of fast, the right kinds or the wrong kinds. This is our first wrong kind of fast that I'd like to propose to you — that unmanaged dependency bloat is a solvable problem .

You can actively explore your dependencies. You can actively manage your dependencies.

In the full video, watch Scott talk about ways to make your web app fast by creating measurable performance budgets. The talk will explore your development process through the prism of the book Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations. And create objective integrity assessments through measurable Fitness Functions, as discussed in the book Building Evolutionary Architectures: Support Constant Change.

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