Stack Overflow recently announced making its dataset available through Google’s BigQuery. Using regular SQL statements, developers can query the full set of Stack Overflow data including posts, votes, tags, and badges. In this article we explore datasets that are available through Google's BigQuery platform.
Amazon Web Services have launched AWS Step Functions, a service that enables the coordination of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. The AWS Step Functions console allows the JSON specification of a state machine to be defined that execute 'steps' within an application, e.g., by calling out to an AWS Lambda function or containerised application running on AWS ECS.
Project Springfield is a fuzz testing service for finding security critical bugs in software. William Blum, principal software engineering manager on the Springfield team at Microsoft Research, explains how adopting F# helped the team build the cloud service.
The latest version of Graph NoSQL database Neo4j introduces causal clustering and new security architecture. Neo4j team recently released version 3.1 of the graph database. Other new features include database kernel improvements and a Schema Viewer.
Amazon's Simple Queue Service (SQS) recently gained FIFO (first-in, first-out) queues, which are designed to "guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the order that they are sent, and without duplicates". AWS rolled out this new queue type in the US East (Ohio) and US West (Oregon) regions and "plans to make it available in many others in early 2017".
Migrating an existing system towards microservices is very different from building a new micoservices-based system, Joris Kuipers, architect at Trfork Amsterdam, claims in a presentation describing an ongoing process of refactoring a large monolithic application, based on CQRS using Axon framework, towards a microservices architecture.
Vaadin, a polyglot framework for building web apps with UI components, released version 1.1 of their Vaadin Spring project featuring bug fixes and a new SpringNavigator class to enhance management of Vaadin Views. Matti Tahvonen, product marketing manager at Vaadin, spoke to InfoQ about this latest release including a discussion on how UIs fit into microservices.
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.
This past November, Microsoft launched, what it is calling, the Industry’s First Cloud Bot-as-a-Service platform. The Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and has a serverless compute back-end built on Azure Functions. Using the Bot service allows developers to build conversational applications that plug into many popular chat applications.
Enterprise cloud usage has been in the forefront of big players for the past few years. Amazon, IBM, Google and Microsoft are expanding their offerings to serve better the enterprise users and their needs. Google announced a set of machine learning based services focused on enterprise users.
Google has introduced Actions on Google which allow developers to build Google Assistant-based conversational apps, including integration with the Google Home device.
At the Gradle Summit Conference this year, Gradle formally introduced the Build Scan tool, part of their new Cloud Services, for collaborating with project build information with developers. InfoQ spoke to Chris Beams, director of marketing at Gradle, about Gradle Cloud Services and build scans.
Gartner has produced a report called “Market Guide for Application Platforms”, citing Java EE’s “revenue decline” in reporting “a clear shift” in the application platform market. The Java EE community takes issue with those findings, in personal comments to InfoQ.
Netflix has developed an orchestration engine called “Conductor”, and has used it internally in production for the last year . During this time they executed some 2.6 million process workflows, starting with linear ones and ending with dynamic ones running over multiple days. Now they have open sourced Conductor, making it available to all those interested in workflow orchestration.
The key to success when working with a microservices based distributed system is to focus on the distributed process as a whole, not on the microservices themselves. The services are the least important part, Eric Ess claimed at the recent Microservices Conference in London, in his presentation on how to monitor distributed processes at jet.com.