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  • Akka 22.10 Introduces Projections over gRPC

    Akka 22.10 is the first release using the new Business License (BSL) 1.1 release. The Projections over gRPC module is introduced and Java 17 and Scala 3.1 are now supported.

  • Netflix Builds a Custom High-Throughput Priority Queue Backed by Redis, Kafka and Elasticsearch

    Netflix recently published how it built Timestone, a custom high-throughput, low-latency priority queueing system. They built it using open-source components such as Redis, Apache Kafka, Apache Flink and Elasticsearch. Engineers state that they made Timestone since they could not find an off-the-shelf solution that met all of its requirements.

  • Atlassian Exceeds 99.9999% of Availability Using Sidecars and Highly Fault-Tolerant Design

    Atlassian recently published how it exceeded 99.9999% of availability with its Tenant Context Service. Atlassian achieved this high availability by implementing highly-autonomous client sidecars, able to proactively shield themselves from complete AWS region failures. Sidecars query multiple services concurrently to accomplish this goal and ensure that requests are entirely isolated internally.

  • Cloudflare Report Shows Rapid Growth in API Traffic

    Cloudflare has recently released its annual Landscape of API Traffic report. The report analyzes the traffic data harnessed by Cloudflare’s global network to provide insights into the current industry trends of web traffic.

  • Google Protocol Buffers Support Idiomatic Kotlin Bindings

    Google added support for Kotlin to its open source Protocol Buffers project, which is able to translate a proto definition into an idiomatic Domain Specific Language (DSL) leveraging Kotlin advanced syntax features.

  • API Architecture Track Recap from QCon Plus

    The API Architecture track at QCon Plus featured six speakers and panelists discussing topics relevant to software engineers and architects who design, build, and maintain APIs. The track covered broad concepts such as extensibility and API lifecycles, and featured a showdown between REST, GraphQL, and gRPC to determine the best technology to use when building an API.

  • Practical API Design Using gRPC at Netflix

    A two-part series of articles about API design at Netflix was recently published in the company’s technology blog. It describes how they solved the problem of ignoring irrelevant message fields in their backend API requests and responses by using the special Protocol Buffers (Protobuf) message FieldMask.

  • Slack Details Its New Role Management Architecture

    Slack recently posted a detailed description of the software architecture of its new role management system. Slack needed to build a system that was more flexible than the one it previously had. It created a custom containerized Go-based permission service that integrates with its existing systems over gRPC. As a result, its customers' admins now have granular control over what their users can do.

  • Alibaba Cloud Uses Dapr to Support Its Business Growth

    In a recent blog post, Sky Ao, a staff engineer at Alibaba Cloud, details how Alibaba Cloud uses the Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr) to support its business growth. As Alibaba's business rapidly grows while also purchasing other companies, a clear need to support multiple programming languages across varying cloud environments rises. To support this need, Alibaba chose to use Dapr.

  • Dropbox Reveals Atlas - a Managed Service Orchestration Platform

    In a recent blog post, Dropbox revealed Atlas, a platform whose aim is to provide various benefits of a Service Oriented Architecture while minimizing the operational cost of owning a service. Atlas' goal is to support small, self-contained functionality, saving product teams the overhead of managing a full-blown service, including capacity planning, alert setup, etc.

  • Thrift for Haskell Aims to Eliminate Bugs from RPC Code

    Originally created at Facebook and now part of Apache, Thrift is an interface definition language and binary communication protocol aimed to enable efficient RPC at scale across services written in multiple languages. Facebook has recently open sourced hsthrift, which makes it possible to use Thrift in Haskell projects and take advantage of its dependent types to eliminate bugs in production.

  • Microsoft .NET Conf: Focus on Microservices

    Yesterday, the third edition of the .NET Conf: Focus series took place, this time featuring microservices development with .NET. The event targeted developers of all stripes, with live coding demonstrations and comprehensive coverage on related concepts and tools. The focus conferences are free, one-day livestream events featuring speakers from the community and .NET product teams.

  • Microsoft Releases gRPC-Web for .NET

    Last week, Microsoft released a production-ready implementation of the gRPC-Web protocol for .NET. Initially supported as an experimental feature, the component is now part of the grpc-dotnet project. The new component makes gRPC usable in the browser, allowing web applications to communicate directly with gRPC services without using an HTTP server as a proxy.

  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Adds Linkerd, gRPC, and CoreDNS to Growing Portfolio

    Since the beginning of 2017 the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has added three new projects to their portfolio for hosting and stewardship, including: linkerd, a transparent proxy ‘service mesh’ that provides service discovery, failure handling and visibility; gRPC, a language agnostic high performance RPC framework; and CoreDNS, a fast and configurable cloud native DNS server.

  • Google Makes Public Their API Design Guide

    Google has made public an API Design Guide for creating HTTP or RPC APIs. These design principles are recommended especially to developers creating gRPC APIs connecting to Google Cloud Endpoints.

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