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Designing Reactive Systems Using DDD, Event Storming and Actors

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Mar 27, 2018

Domain-driven design (DDD) is often used for finding boundaries (bounded contexts) around microservices. But everything in domain-driven design (DDD) is not good for microservice, Lutz Huehnken claimed in a presentation at microxchg 2018 in Berlin where he discussed how DDD, Event Storming and the Akka-based Lagom framework can be used to build reactive systems.

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QCon London: Asynchronous Event Architectures with or without Actors

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Mar 13, 2018

Synchronous request-response communication in microservices systems can be really complicated. Fortunately, asynchronous event-based architectures can be used to avoid this, Yaroslav Tkachenko claimed in a presentation at QCon London 2018, where he described his experiences with event-driven architectures and how Actors can be used in systems built on this architecture.

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Notes From the DDD Europe 2018 Conference

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 24, 2018

The recently held DDD Europe 2018 conference in Amsterdam was the third in order and saw almost 700 attendees. The conference has a focus on Domain-Driven Design (DDD), and included four keynotes, 19 presentations, one track for open space and 17 sessions focused on live coding or hands-on. Notable speakers included Eric Evans, Dave Snowden, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and Cyrille Martraire.

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Finding Bounded Contexts Using Domain Storytelling

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 14, 2018

When working with Domain-Driven Design (DDD), bounded context is a core concept. Domain storytelling is a way of finding how people and systems work together within a domain which then can be used to identify the bounded contexts and how they are interconnected, Stefan Hofer and Henning Schwentner explained at the recent DDD Europe 2018 conference in Amsterdam.

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Retroactive and Future Events in an Event Sourced System

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 09, 2018

When Thomas Pierrain started a new project with an asset management company, one important requirement was the ability to go back in time to understand why they took decisions that today look strange. At the recent DDD Europe 2018 conference in Amsterdam, Pierrain discussed his experiences when building an event sourced system that included some temporal challenges.

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Evolving CQRS and Event Sourced Systems

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 07, 2018

After talking with people about upgrading of CQRS and event sourced systems, Michiel Overeem came to the conclusion that many working with event sourced systems lack an understanding and don’t know how to approach the problem. At the recent DDD Europe 2018 conference in Amsterdam he described how this was a trigger for him to do an exploratory research on how to evolve this kind of system.

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Eric Evans: Practicing Domain-Driven Design

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 06, 2018

For Eric Evans, who gave a keynote at the recent DDD Europe 2018 conference in Amsterdam, it’s important to explore and practice building software. He enjoys working with strategic patterns in Domain-Driven Design (DDD), but what he finds really interesting is taking a difficult domain and reason about it differently; breaking out of the mental box trying to find new concepts.

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Selecting an Event Architecture

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Aug 24, 2017

When designing a distributed system, maybe based on microservices, and you are considering an event architecture, there are several models and technologies available. When choosing how to implement the architecture the non-functional requirements are a main factor, David Dawson claims when describing different styles of event architectures in a recent blog post.

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Process Managers in Event-Based Systems

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Jul 28, 2017 1

Publishing events to notify about changes in a domain keeps different domains decoupled from each other, but if there really is a logical flow of events it becomes implicit and hard to follow. A better solution is to use a Process Manager to keep track of the overall process, Bernd Rücker stated in his presentation at this year’s DDD eXchange conference.

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Capture - Embed - Protect, Guidelines for Domain-Driven Design

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Jul 07, 2017

When using the core philosophy and the practices of DDD as guidelines for software design and development, they can be summarized in three principles: Capture – Embed – Protect, Steven A. Lowe claimed in his presentation at this year’s DDD eXchange conference. Capture the domain model. Embed the model in the code. Protect the domain model from corruption from other domains.

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The Importance of Patterns in DDD

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 28, 2017

There are lots of patterns outside of Domain-Driven Design (DDD) that are important to know, and they will help you design better systems, Cyrille Martraire claimed in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam when discussing the importance of patterns.

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Eric Evans: DDD is Not for Perfectionists

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 15, 2017

A problem with Domain-Driven Design (DDD) since the beginning has been the too common hunt for perfect designs, but DDD is not for perfectionists. In order to stop that hunt you need to have some idea of how to create software that is well designed, yet not perfect, Eric Evans noted in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

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The Dangers of If Statements in Domain Logic

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 10, 2017 3

The if statement found in most programming languages has two major roles, validating input to protect the domain from erroneous data, and for dealing with business logic inside the domain. Unfortunately, we spend too little time managing the risks from a business or domain perspective, Udi Dahan claimed in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

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Bringing the Domain Back to Software Development

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Feb 08, 2017

If you read the business press of today, you will find that the business side of the world sees IT as an impediment that holds them back. To overcome this, we need to shift focus from the machines to the domains and start reading and learning about the domains we are working in, David West noted in his presentation at the recent DDD Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

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Start with Events and DDD When Building Microservices

by Jan Stenberg Follow 28 Followers on  Dec 28, 2016 2

Domain-Driven Design (DDD) is a great technique bringing designs closer to the domains we are working in, but too often we make early decisions with a focus on structure, which is not the intention of DDD. Instead we should start with the events in a domain, Russ Miles claims when describing the advantages of going “events-first” when building microservices.

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