FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Who is this Course for?
This course is meant for software developers, architects, product managers, product owners, engineering managers, IT consultants and anyone who wants to understand how large-scale distributed systems like Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, ESPN, New York Times etc. work behind the scenes as well as design these services with an industry-oriented approach.
The course will be immensely helpful for you if you intend to prepare for a system design interview round for your job, are looking to design a web-scale distributed system at your workplace or want to make technologically informed decisions when working on a large-scale service as an engineering manager or a product owner.
Will this Course be Helpful In My Career Growth?
This course and the Zero to Software architect learning track (this course included) is the fastest way possible to master software architecture and the art of designing scalable distributed systems. As opposed to going through tons of articles, videos, books and whitepapers, you'll find all the needed concepts in this learning track which will save you months, if not years, of your time.
I've spent a decade developing and managing distributed systems for the big guns in the industry and I've put that experience in the content. Investing in this course will significantly increase your knowledge in the domain, subsequently increasing your pay scale. I wish I had a similar learning product in the initial years of my career.
Are there Any Prerequisites to this Course?
This course assumes you are well acquainted with web architecture and cloud computing fundamentals. If not, check out the below courses and the Zero to Software Architect learning track:
Web Application and Software Architecture 101
Cloud Computing 101 - Master the Fundamentals
Throughout this course (Design Modern Web-Scale Distributed Applications Like a Pro), when designing systems, you'll find references to various concepts explained in my other above-stated courses. The system designs in this course have an industry-oriented approach leveraging cloud design patterns like Saga, CQRS, Throttling, etc. and implementation of other architectural concepts.
Do I Need to Have Coding Knowledge to Understand this Course?
No. Coding knowledge is not a prerequisite for this course. This course contains high-level designs of distributed systems with several illustrations to help you understand the concepts better.
Why is this Course Text-based?
My courses are intentionally text-based. The text format of the course enables you to learn faster than the videos. Learning through reading is way faster than sitting through hours of videos. It is easy to take notes—no pausing the videos to take notes or screenshots of diagrams.
Also, my courses are frequently updated. New information is continually added. It is easy for me to update the text-based content as opposed to re-recording a video every time a tiny update needs to be made. Imagine that. It would be killing.
How Long Do I Have Access to the Course Content?
You will have two years of access to the course content from the date of purchase.
Why Aren't You Offering Lifetime Access?
I would be happy to but cannot primarily due to two reasons:
1. I have significant recurring monthly expenses in form of platform fees, hosting charges, marketing, international tax compliance and other maintenance costs. Offering lifetime access would significantly spike the price of the courses. In order to keep the content affordable, I had to time restrict access to the platform.
2. The content of my courses is continually updated besides the new content that is added. The software design and development domain continues to evolve and as it evolves the courses get updated accordingly. With my courses, you'll stay on top of the latest developments in the domain. And, as you might have figured this demands continual time investment :)
Who is the Course Author?
Hello, I am Shivang. I've been writing code for the past ten years professionally and fifteen years personally. In my career, I've gotten the opportunity to work on large-scale internet services for some of the industry giants in several domains, including E-commerce, FinTech, Telecom and others.
I've written applications from the bare bones, right from the idea to production. I've maintained code, as well as worked in the production support for systems receiving millions of hits every single day.
My last job was at HP - Hewlett Packard Enterprise as a Full-Stack developer in their Technical Solutions – R&D team.
Here is my LinkedIn profile, in case you want to say hello!
I Have a Question. How Can I Get in Touch?
You can send in your queries at [email protected] You can also send me a message on LinkedIn here.