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MontageJS: An Interview with Creator Benoit Marchant

by James Chesters on  Aug 12, 2014

Benoit Marchant is the creator of the open source MontageJS HTML5 Framework, and the Co-Founder & CEO at Montage Studio. MontageJS is designed to write single page, multi-screen web applications with a focus on high quality user experience, and to enable big projects with larger teams.

Experiences from Failing with Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 11, 2014 4

Different views within the team on the benefits and drawbacks comparing a microservice architecture with a more traditional monolithic architecture was one of the major reasons we failed, Richard Clayton writes sharing his experiences and reasons for failing when implementing and maintaining a microservice architecture.

Microservices and the Big Ball of Mud

by Mark Little on  Aug 10, 2014 32

Recently several articles have been written which wonder whether microservices offers a better way of architecting systems or represents a potential problem waiting to happen: distributed Big Balls of Mud. Simon Brown and Gene Hughson discuss the possibility that until people can write well architected monolithic systems they're unlikely to benefit from microservices.

The Future of Docker

by Carlos Sanchez on  Aug 04, 2014

Jeff Lindsay, creator of Dokku and early Docker contributor, discussed in an interview by CenturyLink the Docker related projects he is working on, and how they aim to solve the problems involved in a next generation Docker-based service oriented architecture.

Udi Dahan on Service-Oriented Composition

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 03, 2014

Udi Dahan describes how we in a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) where client-side components for one service runs in the same process as components for other services can collect several logical calls into one larger physical call to avoid the high cost, in terms of client to server communication, that otherwise could be substantial.

Experiences Building a Reactive Event-Driven CQRS Application

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 01, 2014

CQRS and Event Sourcing provide a clear and concise way to build distributed applications that adhere to the reactive manifesto, Duncan DeVore claimed in a recent presentation sharing his experiences building a distributed application using Akka and Scala.

InterState: A Language and Environment for Expressing Interface Behavior

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 28, 2014 3

InterState is a new programming language and environment aimed at addressing the challenges of writing and reusing user interface code. InterState's creators Stephen Oney, Brad Myers, and Joel Brandt claim in their paper that InterState can help programmers to better understand, navigate, and reuse their GUI components even with complex interfaces involving thousands of objects.

Protocol Design and Implementation with Martin Thompson

by Harry Brumleve on  Jul 27, 2014

Martin Thompson answers a few questions about the opportunity for developers and architects to introduce custom protocols to their system's interaction points.

Hypermedia is like Dancing

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 27, 2014

To take full advantage of the benefits of hypermedia driven systems, the client must allow the server to take the lead and drive the state of the client, Darrel Miller writes comparing with a couple who can dance, one leads and the other just follows, there is no a choreographed sequence of steps defined beforehand.

Karma Refactors to Microservices

by Saul Caganoff on  Jul 25, 2014

It's one thing to build a microservices application from scratch, quite another to refactor the architecture of a running application. Karma is doing exactly that and finding benefits and challenges of microservices architecture as they go.

AtlasCamp 2014 Highlights: New REST APIs and Data Center Offerings

by Steffen Opel on  Jul 24, 2014

Development and collaboration software vendor Atlassian held its annual developer conference AtlasCamp in Berlin, focusing on the recently launched Atlassian Connect 1.0, the new REST APIs for Confluence and HipChat as well as the JIRA and Confluence Data Center offerings for high availability and performance at scale.

Lessons Learned Building Distributed Systems at Bitly

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 23, 2014

At the Bacon Conference last May, bitly Lead Application Developer Sean O'Connor explained the most relevant lessons bitly developers learned while building a distributed system that handles 6 billions clicks per month.

Cloudbreak, New Hadoop as a Service API, Enters Open Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 22, 2014

Cloudbreak, a new open-source and cloud-agnostic Hadoop as a Service API, is now open for beta access to application developers and enterprises. SequenceIQ, Cloudbreak's maker, claims that its freely available product will make it easier to manage and monitor on-demand Hadoop clusters while also abstracting their provisioning.

Microsoft Tackles Internet-of-Things With New Data Stream Processing Service

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 22, 2014

Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft took the wraps off of Azure Event Hubs. This service – in preview release until General Availability next month – is for high throughput ingress of data streams generated by devices and services. Event Hubs resembles Amazon Kinesis and uses an identical pricing scheme based on data processing units and transaction volume.

.NET Actor Model Implementations Differ in Approach

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 21, 2014 5

Last week Vaughn Vernon published Dotsero, a .NET actor model toolkit that follows the Akka API and earlier this year a preview of the Orleans framework based on the Actor model was released by Microsoft Research. In a recent twitter discussion Vaughn and Sergey Bykov, lead of the Orleans project at Microsoft Research, discussed the different approaches taken in Orleans and Dotsero.

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