About dommillar

.Net and iOS Developer + cat herder Australia

Book lists for software engineers and architects

I came across this excellent article recently and while the target audience is Software Architects, in my view this is a great book list for anyone who is looking to grow their software engineering skills in general. I often talk to software engineers about reading books as part of their professional development plan (I’ll over this is in a post soon).

What I really like about this list is that it is actually planned with an approach of building on previous books. So you don’t have to follow this exact list, but what you might think about is the importance/value of having a planned set of books/references to build upon rather than just have a random set of books to read.“

I particularly like the approach of introducing the DDD books later in the path.The foundational aspects of the initial books sets up DDD really well.


The importance of meetups

I have been talking to a bunch of software engineers over the last few weeks about the importance of meetups and why software engineers should engage in these. Here are my top 3 reasons:




Seriously, the one massive aspect of meetups is the ability to develop and grow your network. Of course there are opportunities to present (and grow these skills) and share and collaborate in all sorts of ways. But what stands out is your ability to connect and grow relationships with a community and for me I have been able to both connect, re-connect and grow a number relationships via Meetups and it has definitely made a difference in the last ten years of my career in software engineering. Through my network I have established a significant group of people who help me in all sorts of ways (I think I’ll do a specific blog on this soon) and have allowed me to grow throughout my career.

There are all types of meetups/user groups/clubs that exist and it’s pretty easy to find one that is related to software engineering, so take the opportunity to check one of these cool organisations out and you might find like me you are able to grow your professional network.

And while I am on subject – here is a plug to an awesome meetup in the city I live : https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Junior-Developers-Canberra/

If you are a junior dev in or around the Canberra area would highly recommend joining.

Canberra Junior Developer meetup in november – SOLID!!!!!

Junior Dev – Introduction to SOLID Principles of Object Oriented Design

Thursday, Nov 12, 2020, 6:00 PM

21 Software Developers Attending

Check out this Meetup →

Brilliant article about systems thinking


Outstanding thoughts by Hanselman giving advice to a young developer. Really great article that I think a lot of developers (should read) …

“… to try not to focus on the syntax of C# and the details of the .NET Framework, and rather to think about the problems that it solves and the system around it.

Do you understand how your system talks to the file system? To the network? Do you understand latency and how it can affect your system? Do you have a general understanding of “the stack” from when your backend gets data from the database makes anglebrackets or curly braces, sends them over the network to a client/browser, and what that next system does with the info?”