A great place to learn about SOLID

OK so I’ve had some awesome questions from Software Engineers about the importance of SOLID principles and the one that is most common is how can I find out about and learn SOLID principles? There’s a lot of great articles and really good videos on the subject but I still think the single best starting point is a most awesome podcast from Scott Hanselman where he interviews SOLIDs author Bob Martin. It’s a great detailed explanation of how SOLID works and I think you’ll find that the practical aspects are really useful in trying to implement SOLID on a day to day basis.



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.


Great article on writing clean C# code

This is just gold. For any newbie touching C# please read this document – covers some really simple yet very important guidelines:



Scholarship – Women in Tech @ General Assembly in Melbourne – CLOSES MONDAY 12 September

I really wish I had seen this earlier – only 3 days to get an application in for any women interested in this rare opportunity:



My presentation at University Canberra, 1 September

I am presenting a session on Career development for software engineers on – so for any UC students interested in some advice on career planing come along.┬áSimilar to one I ran a month ago at ANU.



how to be a successful software engineer

I’ve been blogging about this for a while and I guess eventually when you are in this subject area you will come across a great article. This is one of them. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of good articles on “How to be a successful Software Engineer”. This article is special, very special:


Nice and simple and well structured and focussed on the type of things that I have seen great engineers focus on in their career. This is a gem of an article for young and not so-young aspiring developers.