Pacific Northwest Software Symposium

November 8 - 10, 2019

Sifting Technologies - Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

Saturday - Nov 9 9:00 AM

Nathaniel Schutta

Nathaniel Schutta

Architect as a Service

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the software field, you’ve undoubtably found yourself in a (potentially heated) discussion about the merits of one technology, language or framework versus another. And while you may have enjoyed the technical debate, as software professionals, we owe it to our customers (as well as our future selves) to make good decisions when it comes to picking one technology over another.

In this talk, I will explore what criteria we should consider when comparing technologies, how we can avoid burning platforms as well as what to do when we’ve reached a dead end. We will also apply these techniques to a current technology or two.

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About Nathaniel Schutta

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a software architect focused on cloud computing and building usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written multiple books, appeared in various videos and speaks regularly at conferences worldwide, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, meetups, universities, and user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. In an effort to rid the world of bad presentations, Nate coauthored the book Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough.