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Agile Architecture: Reversibility, Communication and Collaboration

by Daniel Bryant on  May 04, 2015

At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Molly Dishman and Martin Fowler discussed the role of architecture within agile software development. Key takeaways included; architects must remain ‘hands on’; architecture should focus on reducing irreversibility; adaptable documentation is essential; and architecture is a collaborative effort across the business and technical team.

Apple Rebuilds Siri Backend Services Using Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  May 03, 2015

Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.

Microsoft Makes Available Their Platform for Building Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2015 3

Microsoft has announced and made available the preview of Azure Service Fabric (ASF), a cloud platform including a runtime and lifecycle management tools for creating, deploying, running and managing microservices. ASF microservices can be deployed on Azure or on-premises on Windows Server private or hosted clouds. Support for Linux is to come in the future.

Domain-Driven Design the Wrong Way

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 26, 2015 2

Applications claimed to have been built using Domain-Driven Design (DDD) in reality often consists of entities or DTOs separating data and logic together with services containing a mix of business and infrastructure logic, Gabriel Schenker states, noting that this also often applies early on to projects building new applications. Lack of knowledge is one major reason for this, Schenker believes.

Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Mary Poppendieck Discusses Containers, Microservices and Contract Tests

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest, Mary Poppendieck discussed the ‘new software development game’ and offered advice on how best to utilise containers, microservices and consumer-based contract tests to lower friction and limit risk within software systems.

Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal to Support Open Data Platform in Their Big Data Solutions

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 24, 2015

Big data vendors Hortonworks, IBM, and Pivotal recently announced that their Hadoop based platform products will use the common Open Data Platform (ODP). They made the announcement at the recent HadoopSummit Europe Conference of the open platform which includes Apache Hadoop 2.6 (HDFS, YARN, and MapReduce) and Apache Ambari software.

Chip Childers on Modern Application Architecture and Cloud Native Application Platform

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 23, 2015

Programming frameworks, containers, and application platforms are some of the components that make up the modern application architecture. Chip Childers of Cloud Foundry Foundation spoke at ApacheCon Conference last week about modern application architecture and the cloud native application platform.

Complexity is Outside of the Code with Dan North and Jessica Kerr

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 23, 2015

At Craft Conference in Budapest, Dan North and Jessica Kerr presented a keynote session which cautioned developers that complexity is often found outside of the code. The key messages included: identify and manage areas of complexity; treat learning as a first-class citizen; focus on working to sustainably minimise lead time to business impact; and nurture a supportive team and community.

Web Frameworks Benchmark 2015

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2015 1

We published in 2014 the results of TechEmpower’s benchmark of various web frameworks, a term including web platforms and micro-frameworks. A year later, they have published a new set of results outlining important changes in the performance of top 10 web frameworks.

Google Unveils Details about Borg

by Abel Avram on  Apr 17, 2015

Google has published the paper "Large-scale cluster management at Google with Borg", unveiling details on a technology that was very little spoken about in the past.

Avoid a Canonical Data Model

by Jan Stenberg on  Apr 12, 2015 15

Standardizing on common models for business objects that are exchanged within an enterprise, e.g. Customer, Order and Product together with the attributes and associations they have, might seem compelling but for Stefan Tilkov this creation of Canonical Data Models (CDMs) is a horrible idea which he strongly advices against.

Adrian Cockcroft: Microservices Revisited

by Mark Little on  Apr 12, 2015 1

Recently Adrian Cockcroft gave an interview to ActiveState's John Wetherill about microservices. In it he talks about how polyglot fits into microservices and the impact on him when he head that companies such as Target and Macy's, as well as Homeland Security had adopted that architectural approach.

AnyPresence Launches a New API Platform for Mobile and IoT Developers

by Janakiram MSV on  Apr 08, 2015

AnyPresence, one of the leading MBaaS players has launched JustAPIs, a platform for building and deploying RESTful APIs.

Apache HBase Hits 1.0

by Benjamin Darfler on  Apr 07, 2015

After three developer previews, six release candidates and over 1500 closed tickets the Apache foundation has announced version 1.0 of Apache HBase, a NoSQL database in the Hadoop ecosystem. After more than 7 years of active development, the team behind HBase felt that the project had matured and stabilized enough to warrant a 1.0 version.

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