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Tactics and strategies of a software engineer in real life: the ultimate guide

Otavio Santana

Empowering staff-plus engineers to deliver highly scalable software on the cloud lets them become influential in their companies and the market and move their technical careers to the next level.

Otavio is a passionate architect and software engineer focused on cloud and Java technologies. He has deep expertise in polyglot persistence and high-performance applications in finance, social media, and e-commerce.

Otavio has contributed to the Java and the Open source ecosystem in several ways, such helped the direction and objectives of the Java platform since Java 8 as a JCP executive member, besides being a committer and leader in several open-source products, projects, and specifications.

Otavio is recognized for his Open Source contributions and has received many awards, including all JCP Awards categories and the Duke’s Choice Award, to name a few. Otávio is also a distinguished member of the Java Champions and Oracle ACE programs. 

Otávio loves history, economy, traveling, programming, and real-world languages. He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, and French and is fluent in dad jokes.

Otavio Santana


Being pragmatic and understanding the business is the most crucial points for ensuring you are effective in achieving your goals. Even though DDD has become the most popular solution, the classic “blue” book is hard to understand and unclear to implement; that is why several engineers have had no luck putting it into practice.

Because of such factors, rewriting the whole system from scratch becomes a real temptation. New shiny solutions like microservices pretend to solve this problem using new technology. But is there any guarantee that this feeling won’t come up again after some time?

It does not matter if it is a micro, nano, or even atomic service; no new buzzword or trend can help us with this problem. 

So here’s the answer you’ve been looking for: you must explore multiple tactics and strategies in software engineering practices, such as documentation, testing, domain-driven design, persistence, and cloud adoption.

This interaction will cover the ultimate guide to making the best use of architecture and design to guarantee a better, maintainable, and evolutionary solution. You’ll also learn how to avoid complex systems and fight against legacy to achieve the desired innovation with stability.

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