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  • Mature Microservices and How to Operate Them: QCon London Q&A

    Microservices is an architectural approach to keep systems decoupled for releasing many changes a day, said Sarah Wells in her keynote at QCon London 2019. To build resilient and maintainable systems you need things like load balancing across healthy nodes, backoff and retry, and persistence or fanning out of requests via queues. The best way to know whether your system is resilient is to test it.

  • Build a Monolith before Going for Microservices: Jan de Vries at MicroXchg Berlin

    Most developers don’t work at global large-scale companies like Netflix. Most developers work in much smaller companies with maybe up to 50 – 80 developers, Jan de Vries noted in his presentation at MicroXchg Berlin, where he argued that a properly built monolith in many cases is superior to a microservices based architecture. With a well-built monolith, it will also be easy to pull services out.

  • Migrating a Retail Monolith to Microservices: Sebastian Gauder at MicroXchg Berlin

    In his presentation at MicroXchg in Berlin, Sebastian Gauder described how he and his teams migrated an existing food retail monolith at REWE, a large German company, into several business domains with 270 microservices, while increasing the number of teams from two up to 48. He also discussed the different design goals and rules they setup to make this possible.

  • Gloo Gateway Released for Kubernetes Knative

    Gloo, an Envoy-based API Gateway by, is the first official alternative to Istio for the Kubernetes Knative service. InfoQ reached out to Solo Founder Idit Levine to learn more about Gloo and its integration with Knative.

  • Protocols are Important: Martin Thompson at QCon London

    The protocols we use should be studied and practiced more, they are really important in many aspects, Martin Thompson claimed in his presentation at QCon London 2019, where he first looked back at the evolution of mankind and argued that protocols is the most significant human discovery, and then did a critical analysis of the protocols and ideas we use today.

  • Spring Boot 2.2 Reaches First Milestone Release with Performance and Memory Improvements

    The Spring Boot team recently released v2.2.0 M1, the first milestone release of Spring Boot 2.2. It includes performance and memory improvements, Kubernetes-detection, and third-party library updates. Over 140 issues were resolved with this release. Starting with this release, JMX is now disabled by default.

  • A Description of RSocket and Its Communication Model: Robert Roeser at QCon London

    RSocket is an asynchronous network communication protocol where communication is modelled as multiplexed streams of messages over a single network connection. In a presentation at QCon London 2019, Robert Roeser explained the reasons for creating RSocket and the communication model it uses. In the same presentation, Ondrej Lehecka described two use cases, and Andy Shi ran a demo using RSocket.

  • Helidon V1 Brings API Stability and MicroProfile 1.2 Support

    Oracle has released version 1.0 of Project Helidon, an open-source collection of Java libraries to build microservices, with greater API stability than beta versions and support for the MicroProfile 1.2 spec. Helidon comes in two programming models: Helidon SE and Helidon MP.

  • A Critical Look at Event-Driven Systems: Bernd Rücker at QCon London

    There is currently a hype in adoption of event-driven systems. Sometimes they are almost seen as the “magic thing” in our strive for decoupled systems, Bernd Rücker noted at the recent QCon London 2019. In his presentation he took a critical look at three common hypotheses around event-driven systems: events decrease coupling, Orchestration needs to be avoided, and Workflow engines are painful.

  • Recommendations When Starting with Microservices: Ben Sigelman at QCon London

    During the years Ben Sigelman worked at Google, they were creating what we today call a microservices architecture. Some mistakes were made during this adoption, which he believes are being repeated today by the rest of the industry. In his presentation at QCon London 2019, Sigelman described his recommendations to avoid making these mistakes when starting with microservices.

  • Building Services at Scale at Airbnb: QCon London Q&A

    The re-architecture to SOA at Airbnb improved the performance of the services and site reliability. Faster build and deploy times led to increased developer productivity, and improving clarity and boundaries for ownership increased efficiency. Jessica Tai, a software engineer at Airbnb, presented Airbnb’s Great Migration: Building Services at Scale at QCon London 2019.

  • The Importance of Event-First Thinking

    For global businesses to meet today’s architectural challenges with constant change and extreme scale, we need to go back to the basic principles of system design. The common element in the problems we face is the notion of events driving both actions and reactions, Neil Avery writes in a series of blog posts describing why events are so important and the advantages of an event-first approach .

  • Airbnb's Migration from Monolith to Services

    Jessica Tai spoke at QCon San Francisco 2018 about Airbnb's move from a Ruby on Rails monolith architecture to a service-oriented architecture. The company has expanded from 200 engineers in 2015 to 1,000 and has less downtime due to rollbacks and has improved performance with page load times up to 10x faster.

  • Debugging Microservices Running in Containers: Tooling Review at KubeCon NA

    At KubeCon NA held in Seattle in December 2018, several tools for debugging containerised microservices were presented throughout the conference sessions and the sponsored booths demonstrations. A notable separation appears to be occurring within the market, between "active" and "passive" debugging tools. Two examples within these categories are Rookout and Squash, respectively.

  • Using Contract Testing for Applications with Microservices

    When using microservices, integration points between services are a hotbed for bugs. With consumer-driven contract testing, the consumer defines the contract and verifications are made against it within the providers build/test lifecycle. Contract testing fits well into a microservice workflow and kills your integration bugs, argued Maarten Groeneweg at the European Testing Conference 2019.


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