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Episode 60 – Software Architecture – The Domain in Domain Driven Design

We continue our Domain Driven Design conversation this week as Allen is indecisive, Michael decides for him, and Joe can’t handle the night life.

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This week we want to know: What is your headphone style of choice while coding?

What is your headphone style of choice while coding?



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    • Allen can’t decide which laptop to buy. So he bought both.
      • HP Spectre x360 (available at Amazon)
      • Lenova Yoga (available at Amazon)
      • Oh how the mighty have fallen, MacBook Pro (available at Amazon)
    • Microsoft has the largest Git repo on the planet.
    • Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository. (watch via YouTube, read the article at ACM)
    • Should we have a National Code Forgiveness Day?
    • Quick and Dirty.
      • Should you do it?
      • Is it wrong?

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    The Domain in Domain Driven Design

    Domain Layer

    • Try not to use anemic domain models, which focus on state rather than behavior
    • Do use rich domain models – these focus on behavior, not just the state
    • Should represent concepts of the business
    • Should contain information about the business situation
    • Contains business rules
    • Technical details of storing these things are delegated to the infrasturcture layer….NOT HERE
    • Behaviors are king – “what can you DO” – not what attributes are saved


    • An object that’s not just a bundle of values – must live on – has an identity and are mutable
    • Associating entities – if you can get by with single direction associations, you will GREATLY simplify your life
      • Start with single way associations
    • Shouldn’t have an equals operator?

    Value Objects

    • Measure, quantify or describe a thing in the domain
    • It’s identity is the composition of it’s values – does not carry an identity field
    • Immutable
    • Compared using a combination of all its values
    • Can’t have side effects
    • Money is a great value object. 100,000 means nothing without a unit – prime candidate for a value object
    • You should strive to use value objects wherever possible rather than entities
    • A time range, as described in the Pluralsight course is a great example as well – a start and an end date – and those may have additional methods

    Domain Services

    • Important operations that don’t belong to a particular Entity or Value Object
    • Have interfaces defined in terms of other domain model elements
    • Stateless (but may have side effects)
    • Exist in the core of the app
    • A domain service would be responsible for things like processing a payment

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    Warning! Are Small Business Failure Stories Getting You Down?

    Here’s another from my series to help entrepreneurs.  The original post is on my site.
    Serendipity, Venture Capital, and Do Only the Paranoid Survive?
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    Episode 59 – How to Jumpstart Your Next App

    We’re back with another exciting episode as Michael questions Hollywood, Allen dreams of his Hackintosh, and Joe is surrounded by Star Wars as we talk about how to jumpstart your next app with Michael Crump (@mbcrump) and Clint Rutkas (@clintrutkas).

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    In this episode, we ask: How cool is your company?

    How cool is your company?


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      Jumpstart Your Next App with UWP and WTS

      • What is UWP? UWP, or more specifically, the Universal Windows Platform, allows you to develop your app using one API, submit that app package to the Windows store, and reach all Windows 10 devices. PCs, tablets/phones, Xbox, etc.
      • Using UWP, your app will get some freebies like a clean install/uninstall, a responsive design, and the AppX packaging format.
      • Microsoft announced the WTS, Windows Template Studio, at Build 2017.
      • So what is WTS? WTS provides a new File -> New UWP app experience.
        • Go from File -> New to F5 running a working application in minutes.
      • WTS scaffolds common features (assuming you select the appropriate options) like:
        • Navigation structure:
          • Navigation Pane
          • Pivot and Tabs
        • Framework:
          • Code Behind
          • MVVM Light
          • MVVM Basic
        • Pages and App Lifecycle Features:
          • Map
          • Master/Detail
          • Settings
            • Theming
          • Tabbed
          • Web View
          • Background Tasks
          • Settings Storage
          • Suspend and Resume

      • Generated code adheres to best practices for the given option/framework.
      • Localization ready.
      • WTS is open source (GitHub).
        • Create your own custom templates.
      • Getting started by following the instructions on GitHub.
        • Download Visual Studio 2017
        • Install the WTS extension
        • Select File -> New Project -> C# -> Windows Universal – Windows Template Studio.

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      What’s your favorite programming book?

      As programmers, we’ve collected our fair share of best practices and programming references.  We want to share some of our favorites and let you share any gems you’ve found along the way!

      * Different books for different things
      * What are your favorites?

      Ok, I’ll start

      Pragmatic Programmer

      Pragmatic Programmer

      Straight from the programming trenches, The Pragmatic Programmer cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core process–taking a requirement and producing working, maintainable code that delights its users. It covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniques for keeping your code flexible and easy to adapt and reuse.

      Clean Code

      Clean Code

      Clean Code

      Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

      Code Complete

      Code Complete

      Code Complete

      Widely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell’s original CODE COMPLETE has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade. Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices—and hundreds of new code samples—illustrating the art and science of software construction.

      Domain Driven Design

      Ralph Johnson, author of Design Patterns

      Domain Driven Design

      Domain Driven Design

      “If you don’t think you are getting value from your investment in object-oriented programming, this book will tell you what you’ve forgotten to do.


      * CLR via CSharp?

      CLR via C#

      CLR via C#

      Dig deep and master the intricacies of the common language runtime, C#, and .NET development. Led by programming expert Jeffrey Richter, a longtime consultant to the Microsoft .NET team – you’ll gain pragmatic insights for building robust, reliable, and responsive apps and components.

      Art of Unit Testing

      Art of Unit Testing

      Art of Unit Testing

      The Art of Unit Testing, Second Edition guides you step by step from writing your first simple unit tests to building complete test sets that are maintainable, readable, and trustworthy. You’ll move quickly to more complicated subjects like mocks and stubs, while learning to use isolation (mocking) frameworks like Moq, FakeItEasy, and Typemock Isolator. You’ll explore test patterns and organization, refactor code applications, and learn how to test “untestable” code. Along the way, you’ll learn about integration testing and techniques for testing with databases.

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      Episode 58 – Why Domain Driven Design

      This week, Michael asks his customers about their anemic domain model, Allen talks in front of people, and Joe plays Rocket League as we begin our dive into understanding domain driven design.

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      Which (programming) language are you most envious of?


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        Domain Driven Design (DDD)

        Why Domain Driven Design

        • What is the “domain”?
        • Set of principles and patterns to solve difficult problems
        • Clear and testable code that represents the domain
        • Interact with domain experts
        • In contrast to some approaches, you focus on a single domain at a time
        • Business logic is in one area


        • Need access to the domain experts
        • Time and effort, initially, much higher
        • Have to really think about how to isolate domain logic from other portions of your application
        • Learning curve – as with any new framework / pattern
        • No reason to do it in place of a simple crud app – if there’s not complex business domains to manage, this is overkill
        • Gotta get buy in from upper management
        • Is DDD anti-agile?

        Ubiquitous Language

        • One of the most important aspects of DDD
        • “Client” means something totally different to a UI developer vs a domain expert working with customers
        • Common vocabulary MUST be established – and all communications should be carried out with that vocabulary
        • Need to focus on how the domain works – nothing regarding implementation details

        Getting into the details…a bit

        • Bounded context – specific responsibility with explicit boundaries that separate it from other parts of a system
          • “Explicitly define the context within which a model applies…Keep the model strictly consistent within these bounds, but don’t be distracted or confused by issues outside” – Eric Evans
        • Terms:
          • Problem domain – the specific problem you’re working on solving
          • Core domain – key to the customer’s business – cannot be outsourced
          • Sub domain – separate pieces your software must interact with
          • Context mapping – identifying bounded contexts and their relationships to one another
          • Shared kernel – part of the model that is shared by more than one team – will not change without collaboration between teams

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