This article presents a review of the first day at the O'Reilly Software Architecture conference, held in New York City 12-13th April. Sessions summarised include, ‘blah, blah... microservices...blah, blah’, ‘the evolution of evolutionary architecture’, ‘Death Star Security’, ‘Twelve Patterns for Hypermedia Architecture’, ‘Architecture Without an End State’ and 'Leading Simplicity'.
Services requiring an enterprise platform built of 100s of shared libraries to be able to run and only allowing approved network clients for talking to services are two anti-patterns, Ben Christensen explained at the recent Microservices Practitioner Summit sharing his experiences from building distributed systems and the trend he sees in increased coupling with binary dependencies.
At the end of 2015 Steve Millidge from C2B2 and a co-founder of Payara predicted that 2016 would be the year of Java EE microservices. Many efforts would tend to agree, including WildFly, TomEE and the KumuluzEE framework. However, other developers believe that there are fundamental problems with Java EE which make it a poor choice for microservices.
Open-source middleware vender WSO2 announced new capabilities in its platform for managing Internet of Things (IoT) applications and processing IoT data. The enhancements include support of MQTT (a lightweight M2M/IoT publish/subscribe connectivity protocol), the Activiti business process management (BPM) platform, and the Open Data OData 4.0 protocol.
Microservices and SOA are often compared and contrasted, with some people suggesting they are unrelated whereas others believe they are close relatives. In a recent article Matt Braiser joins the debate on the side of the latter group and gives his reasons for believing that microservices owe their existence to the success of SOA principles.
Common misconceptions in large enterprises that Kim Clark meets are that microservices are fine grained WSDL operations or that APIs are microservices. A reason for this is that they are confusing interface granularity with component granularity, Clark claimed in a presentation at this year’s Microservices Conference in London.
InfoQ sat down with Markus Eisele, developer advocate at Red Hat, at the Devoxx BE conference, and asked about his thoughts on implementing microservice architectures within large-scale enterprise organisations. The conversation was primarily based on his recent O'Reilly mini-book publication, “Modern Java EE Design Patterns: Building Scalable Architecture for Sustainable Enterprise Development".
Rising from the ashes of GigaOm the tribal gathering of cloud elders that is Structure has returned, and got off to a strong start with Battery Ventures' Adrian Cockcroft presenting on the State of the Cloud and Container Ecosystems. Cockcroft paid particular attention to the impact of containers, which wasn’t even a major discussion topic at the last Structure conference in 2013.
Odile Moreau presented a case study of a big insurance company who started their Agile journey with Kanban for IT Hosting teams at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed her about the situation at the insurance company, what made them decide to choose Kanban, how teams use Kanban to manage flow and coordinate, and asked her to share learnings from this Kanban journey.
The second Microservices Conference arranged by Skills Matter is due early November with two days in Stockholm and London respectively. The list of speakers include the program lead for the conference Russ Miles, David A. Dawson, Björn Carlson, chief architect at Klarna, Viktor Klang, chief software architect at Typesafe, Ian Cooper and Daniel Bryant.
Modern software increasingly operates on data in near real-time. There is business value in sub-second responses to changing information and stream processing is one way to help turn data into knowledge as fast as possible, Kevin Webber explains in an introduction to Reactive Streams.
Ionide, based on the Atom Editor, is a suite of packages that aim to provide a full-featured, modern, cross-platform, open-source IDE for F# development. InfoQ has talked with Ionide’s creator, Krzysztof Cieślak.
Twitter has open sourced Diffy, an automated testing tool used in production for discovering potential bugs in new code running on Apache Trift and other HTTP-based services.
Preparing for problems like partial failure is the best thing you can do when working with distributed systems, Vaughn Vernon explains in a conversation with InfoQ and refers to a blog post by Jeff Hodges noting its down-to-earth approach and practical advices e.g. designing for partial availability, and using capped exponential back off to restore full operation when dependencies are unavailable.