Microservices

2 June 2016

Is “Serverless” architecture just a finely-grained rebranding of PaaS?

Serverless computing makes bold promises of development without having to worry about environments, scaling or deployment. Haven’t we been here before?

5 May 2016

Managing services that don’t have clear code ownership

How do you organise code ownership for services that do not align conveniently with team or organisational boundaries?

25 July 2015

Can cross-cutting concerns really exist between services?

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.

5 May 2015

Refactoring large monoliths to microservices: strategies, risks and pragmatic reality

Large scale rewrites of systems are loaded with risk. You can address this by preparing the ground in advance and adopting an incremental approach, but a willingness to be pragmatic is essential.

20 April 2015

Microservices, REST and the distributed big ball of mud

The “big ball of mud” describes a system architecture that is sprawling, sloppy and haphazard. That’s precisely how you’d describe some emerging microservice architectures.

9 March 2015

How big is a microservice?

We know that micro services are small and focused by design – just how small is this in practice?

4 January 2015

Why REST is not a silver bullet for service integration

REST is sometimes described as the next evolutionary step in service integration. The problem is that REST provides too much of a dumb pipe to support genuinely decoupled, fault-tolerant service integration.

12 June 2014

Are microservices just SOA done properly”?

There’s nothing really new about many of the ideas that underpin microservices. Are they just an agile re-branding of SOA?