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When I started developing Microservices I felt like I had been missing out on a huge part of the modern technology world. It turned out that I was right. Over the past few years I’ve been trying in my mind to figure out how modern development teams run effectively. What I discovered was that there are tons of people out there trying to figure out the same thing. Many of the things I’ll write about are patterns that have been around for more than a decade, yet still many companies don’t seem to adopt them.

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So you’ve built an app that runs on your machine. Great. Now what? Obviously software is built to be used and today most of that software is being run on servers in the cloud. But sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it might be running on some old hardware in the basement of a company or maybe another developer needs to use your code as part of integration. Whatever the case may be it would be nice to package your application in such a way that it’s guaranteed to work no matter what environment it is in.

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There is a very important product that you have complete control over: you. Your skill set, your personality, your overall career is completely within your control. Those are all features of your product and it’s on those pieces that you need to iterate and improve. Good products are successful often because they have good product managers. It is up to you to decide how you fit into the world and what people are demanding of you.

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One of the most powerful things about Go is the ability to run parts of your application concurrently. This allows the application to run in parallel at times (depending on the number of cores) or continue to run while waiting for a blocked process. There are a number of concurrency patterns that allow you to structure your applications to get a performance boost. Recently I stumbled across the “Pipeline” pattern and was able to use it to transform incoming data and aggregate the results.

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People enter into technology thinking they can pursue an idea that will make them a lot of money. If you read startup stories you will find that most start with an idea, evolve into a business, become broke, rebound and make millions…. or end up being broke and learning a lot. I’ve read these stories but I am not a risk taker. Maybe I just don’t believe in my ideas as much as others or lack the confidence to pursue them.

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