March 9th, 2018
One of the main benefits of microservices is that they reduce the cost of change. The problem is that you need to make a significant up-front investment to realise this saving. Your first few microservices are more likely to be an expensive and potentially painful undertaking.
December 13th, 2017
Finely-grained, entity-based services seem to be advocated by some pretty authoritative sources. This is unfortunate as they are something of an anti-pattern that can undermine many of the benefits of decomposing an monolith into micoservices.
November 4th, 2017
An event-driven architecture can give rise to complex chains of events that are difficult to manage. These problems can be mitigated through careful design rather than resorting to shared state databases or workflow engines.
June 4th, 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 26th, 2017
Recently released toolsets for AWS Lambda and Azure Functions are finally making serverless application development available to C# developers.
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?
November 13th, 2016
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.
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.
June 28th, 2016
Should agile teams be encouraged to share capabilities or be given total autonomy over their technology choices? For larger organisations this can become a trade-off between economies of scale and speed of delivery.
May 5th, 2016
How do you organise code ownership for services that do not align conveniently with team or organisational boundaries?
February 1st, 2016
When you’re implementing an event-driven architecture, the design of your events is absolutely critical to realize the benefits of loose coupling.
December 12th, 2015
If you’re not using HATEAOS then you’re not using REST. That’s true enough, but in many cases adopting HATEOAS doesn’t deliver much value beyond architectural purity.
November 26th, 2015
Both nServiceBus and Mass Transit plugged an important gap in Microsoft’s integration landscape, but do they have a role in a future that is likely to be dominated by diverse technologies and autonomous agile teams?
October 15th, 2015
It can be pretty straightforward to read REST API resources using Informatica Cloud – so long as you know which levers to pull and your data is in a sympathetic format.
July 25th, 2015
You might be able to identify cross-cutting concerns in a monolith, but in a service-orientated world they should melt away into specific implementations.