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Domain Events and Eventual Consistency

by Jan Stenberg on  Sep 27, 2015 1

Eventual consistency is a design approach for improving scalability and performance. Domain events, a tactical element in Domain-Driven Design (DDD), can help in facilitating eventual consistency, Florin Preda and Mike Mogosanu writes in separate blog posts, each describing the advantages achievable.

Ratpack 1.0 Launches Aiming to make Asynchronous Programming Easier on the JVM

by Charles Humble on  Sep 25, 2015 13

Ratpack, a high performance Java web framework, has reached 1.0 status. The 1.0 release is API-stable and can be considered production ready. The main thing that makes Ratpack interesting is the execution model, which aims to make asynchronous programming on the JVM easier.

Big Data Architecture: Push, Pull, or Search in Place?

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

A surprisingly common theme at the Splunk Conference is the architectural question, “Should I push, pull, or search in place?”

Hunk/Hadoop: Performance Best Practices

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 23, 2015

When working with Hadoop, with or without Hunk, there are a number of ways you can accidentally kill performance. While some of the fixes require more hardware, sometimes the problems can be solved simply by changing the way you name your files.

Using Hunk+Hadoop as a Backend for Splunk

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 22, 2015

Splunk can now store archived indexes on Hadoop. At the cost of performance, this offers a 75% reduction in storage costs without losing the ability to search the data. And with the new adapters, Hadoop tools such as Hive and Pig can process the Splunk-formatted data.

Splunk .conf 2015 Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 22, 2015

Splunk opened their big data conference with an emphasis on “making machine data accessible, usable, and valuable to everyone”. This is a shift from their original focus: indexing arbitrary big data sources. Reasonably happy with their ability to process data, they want to ensure that developers, IT staff, and normal people have a way to actually use all of the data their company is collecting.

Twitter Diffy Spots Bugs in Services by Comparing the Responses

by Abel Avram on  Sep 18, 2015

Twitter has open sourced Diffy, an automated testing tool used in production for discovering potential bugs in new code running on Apache Trift and other HTTP-based services.

Interview with Adam Granicz on WebSharper 3

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Sep 14, 2015

Version 3 of WebSharper, the F# framework for developing web applications hits RTM this year. We decided to catch up with Adam Granicz, CEO of IntelliFactory, to learn what new features and improvements WebSharper 3 brings.

Disposable Microservices

by Mark Little on  Sep 13, 2015 1

James Governor from RedMonk has written about how immutable infrastructure approaches are applicable to microservices. In his view, all microservices must be immutable and developers will observe the same benefits which others are already seeing in lower layers of the software stack.

Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' Conference: Day One

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 06, 2015

At the fifth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, several leading practitioners of agile software delivery presented the state-of-the-art and emerging trends within this domain. Key messages included the need for the more rigorous use of the scientific method throughout the software delivery lifecycle, and the benefits provided by applying agile principles to product development.

Building Microservices with Go and ‘Go kit’: Peter Bourgon Q&A

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 02, 2015

At the Golang UK Conference, Peter Bourgon introduced ‘Go kit’, an open source microservice toolkit that can be used to facilitate and standardise the creation of Go-based services within the modern enterprise application stack.

Dino Esposito on CQRS, Messages and Events

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 31, 2015 1

Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) is the starting point of a change that will have a profound impact on system architecture, Dino Esposito claims in three articles in MSDN Magazine. It’s the first step in an evolution transitioning software architects from the idea of “models-to-persist” to the idea of “events-to-log” and about event-based data instead of data snapshots.

10 Properties Defining Software Architecture

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 27, 2015 2

Software architecture is a process; a sequence of strategic design decisions mapping specification and business goals to architecture design, and a thing; a set of views produced by the process that address different stakeholders, Michael Stal states describing how to define a software architecture.

Introducing DDD in a Project at “Which?”

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 16, 2015 1

After failing with two proof of concept, mainly with scalability issues, when trying to renew their main website the business decided to take a more agile and incremental approach and in a restart of the project inspired by Domain-Driven Design (DDD) having developers talk with domain experts, Chris Patuzzo explains describing the principles of DDD in the context of a real project.

Lessons Learned Working with Distributed Systems

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 13, 2015

Preparing for problems like partial failure is the best thing you can do when working with distributed systems, Vaughn Vernon explains in a conversation with InfoQ and refers to a blog post by Jeff Hodges noting its down-to-earth approach and practical advices e.g. designing for partial availability, and using capped exponential back off to restore full operation when dependencies are unavailable.

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