May 25th, 2017
One of the more enduring problems with service integration is managing change in service interfaces. Consumer-driven contracts can help to detect breaking changes, but this visibility comes at a price.
May 16th, 2017
No self-respecting integration platform is complete without an API management story these days. Is this just a RESTful return of the enterprise service bus?
April 3rd, 2017
Governance doesn’t have to be all about byzantine process and suffocating approval boards. It can be used to provide clear permission for teams to innovate.
March 10th, 2017
Although .Net Standard does provide a mechanism for sharing assemblies between .Net Core and .Net Framework applications, as ever, you’re still very much constrained by your dependencies.
February 26th, 2017
You will inevitably be pushed towards upgrading your protocol buffer messages to Proto3, particularly if you want a client that supports .Net Standard that .Net Core. This can be done, but there are a couple of speed bumps along the way.
January 28th, 2017
No architect will ever admit to being out of touch with software development. However, unless you are writing code then it’s difficult to avoid becoming an “ivory tower” or “PowerPoint” architect that can only discuss systems in the abstract.
January 7th, 2017
Event stores and event sourcing are a powerful idea, but they can be vulnerable to a number of technical and operational challenges when faced with real world complexity.
December 19th, 2016
Agile teams still need to make architecture decisions, but in supporting them architects should seek “just enough” architecture over “big design up front” and practical solutions over large-scale abstract thinking.
October 27th, 2016
Maturity models are a management tool. When applied to technology solutions they often provide a weak analysis that describes a false progression.
October 3rd, 2016
Don’t get me wrong – I am an advocate of decomposing functionality into autonomous services. My reservation is that you need to have a lot of prerequisites in place before you can start leveraging microservices.
September 20th, 2016
Three-lettered acronyms can be a useful tool for providing brevity, but they can also give rise to a coded language that contributes to a cold and impersonal development culture.
August 13th, 2016
SQL Server Polybase makes it easy to load data into Azure SQL Data Warehouse by letting you define groups of files held in Azure blob storage as relational data tables.
August 9th, 2016
Migrating existing applications to .Net Core is not a trivial undertaking so you need to be certain of the potential benefits before you start.
July 29th, 2016
Event sourcing can scale very nicely, though this does depend on a number of key design decisions for the underlying event store.
July 12th, 2016
REST API development using ASP.Net WebAPI is so fussy compared to other ecosystems such as Node.js and Ruby. New frameworks are emerging that promise to simplify both development and hosting of APIs in the .Net world.