Software Architecture Case Study and Deep Dive

Hosted by Virtual JUG North Amerca

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For the first Virtual JUG North America, we will be hearing from Neal Ford and Nate Schutta in a discussion on Software Architecture.

The Atlanta Java User Group (AJUG) will host this first Virtual JUG Meeting - all JUGs are welcome to join this meeting as attendees and partners, and if your JUG is interested in becoming part of this new "virtual" community, please get in touch! Next month's Virtual JUG NA meeting will be hosted by another JUG, as we plan to rotate who is hosting.

Meeting details: Neal and Nate ran a 3 months long Architectural Katas competition in November of 2020. This covered Fundamentals of Software Architecture, Building Microservices, Building Event-Driven Microservices, and more. In this AJUG meeting, Nate and Neal will discuss the top 3 winners for this competition, and do a case study deep dive into each of these architecture designs. They will also share their insights on modern software architecture, with Pratik Patel as moderator leading the discussion and taking questions from attendees. Join us for this unique meetup, and learn what others in the industry are doing to build software systems.


Nate 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.

Neal Ford Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at

Pratik Patel Pratik Patel is a Java Champion and developer advocate at IBM. He wrote the first book on 'enterprise Java' in 1996, "Java Database Programming with JDBC." An all around software and hardware enthusiast with experience in the healthcare, telecom, financial services, and startup sectors. Helps to organize the Atlanta Java User Group and North Atlanta JavaScript meetup, frequent speaker at tech events, and master builder of nachos.

Jan. 19, 2021, 2 p.m. - Jan. 19, 2021, 4 a.m.
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