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Commented Literature and Online Sources for DDD

This list provides a (subjective) list of articles, books, and online sources for DDD.

The Core Books

These are the core books for DDD. If you are into this design approach, you should own them.

Evans, E. (2003). Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software (1 edition), Addison-Wesley

  • The quintessential DDD book, which got it all started
  • … also called the “blue book”
  • Not an easy read, but necessary to understand the core thinking behind DDD
  • To my knowledge not available in a digital format (at least not legally)

The canonical source for DDD is Eric Evans’s book. It isn’t the easiest read in the software literature, but it’s one of those books that amply repays a substantial investment.

Fowler, 2014

Vernon, V. (2013). Implementing Domain-Driven Design (01 ed.), Addison Wesley

  • … also called the “red book”.
  • A great companion to the “blue book”, since it clarifies aspects not sufficiently explained in the “blue book”, like aggregates and domain events
  • Somewhat closer to an implementation of DDD concept, although still in quite abstract way - which is good since it aged relatively well (2013)
  • Available as an affordable eBook (epub), although (alas) not in our TH Köln library

Vernon, V. (2016). Domain-Driven Design Distilled (1st ed.), Addison-Wesley

Further Relevant Articles and Books

Fowler, M. (2014). Bounded Context, martinfowler.com

Samokhin, V. (2018). DDD Strategic Patterns: How to Define Bounded Contexts. DZone Microservices, dzone.com

Modelling DDD

DDD, as in the books of Evans and Vernon, is a consistent set of concepts and terms, but it does not prescribe a specific process for arriving at a DDD-conformous design. The sources below try to fill that gap.


DDD Crew (2023a). Domain-Driven Design Starter Modelling Process

Core Domain Charts

DDD Crew (2023b). Core Domain Charts

Tune, N. (2020). Core Domain Patterns. Strategy, Architecture, Continuous Delivery, and DDD

Domain Message Flow Modelling

DDD Crew (2023c). Domain Message Flow Modelling

Bounded Context Canvas

DDD Crew (2023d). Bounded Context Canvas

Context Map

Bente, S. (2022). Context Map

  • Summary of Context Maps
  • (Download PDF)
  • Still in German, as I haven’t translated it yet.

Esposito, D., & Saltarello, A. (2014). Discovering the Domain Architecture

Plöd, M. (2020). Visualizing sociotechnical architectures with Context Maps


Strictly speaking, EventStorming is a method that can be used without explicit references to DDD, and for purposes outside software engineering. However, from a DDD (or general software design) perspective, EventStorming is a great tool to explore the business domain, and for onboarding the develoment team and all relevant stakeholders.

Bente, Stefan (2020). Shopping List for an EventStorming Big Picture Workshop

  • (Download PDF)
  • Buying Post-Its in the color scheme that Brandolini requires is a surprisingly challenging task.
  • This shopping list compiles the most relevant sticky types (or proposes replacements for them, if certain types/colors are unavailable in Germany)
  • It also reflects the restrictions of buying such material at TH Köln, given the limited choice of approved suppliers

Bente, Stefan (2022). Cheat Sheet for an EventStorming Big Picture Workshop

  • (Download PDF)
  • My personal experience running several EventStorming workshops with students

Brandolini, A. (2021). Introducing EventStorming, Leanpub

Brandolini, A. (2020). Remote EventStorming, Avanscoperta Blog

DDD Crew (2022). EventStorming Glossary & Cheat sheet

Gil, M. (2023). Awesome EventStorming - Material Collection on GitHub

Rayner, P. (2022). The EventStorming Handbook, Leanpub

All the Rest :-)

These sources didn’t fit in any of the above categories. Yet, they are relevant and useful sources for further reading.