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  • Overcoming RESTlessness

    New API protocols like GraphQL, gRPC, and Apache Kafka have risen in popularity as alternatives to REST-inspired HTTP APIs. Instead of seeking to replace REST, the software engineering industry should seek to evolve by building on the maturity of the REST ecosystem while exploiting the technological strengths of the new protocols.

  • Give REST a Rest with RSocket

    Representational State Transfer (REST) has become the de facto standard for communicating between microservices. The author argues that is not a good thing. We need a modern material to replace HTTP for creating modern services. Open source RSocket is designed for services. It is a connection-oriented, message-driven protocol with built-in flow control at the application level.​​​​​​​

  • The Argument for WCF Hosting in .NET Core

    Should WCF Hosting be Supported in .NET Core? To a lot of people this seems like a strange question; the answer is obviously... yes? no? Well actually it is quite contentious with people on both sides of the issue fiercely arguing for their position. We’ll try to unpack the debate and explain the arguments on both sides.

  • Uwe Friedrichsen on Functional Service Design and Observability

    At the microXchg 2017 conference, Uwe Friedrichsen discussed the core concepts of “Resilient Functional Service Design” and how to create observable systems. Friedrichsen believes that microservice developers must: learn about fault tolerant design patterns and caching; understand Domain-Driven Design (DDD) and modularity; and aim to design for replaceability of components rather than reuse.

  • An "Integration-First" Approach to Building a Commerce Platform for Payment Terminals

    In this article Praveen Alavilli describes how they designed a payment terminal system for interoperability and extensibility, allowing developers to build new shopping experiences.

  • Always Be Publishing: Continuous Integration & Collaboration in Code Repositories for REST API Docs

    API documentation is an often overlooked part of making any API a success. This article explores how to make the documentation part of a continuous integration pipeline keeping it closer to the code itself.

  • An Open API Initiative Update

    The Open API Initiative group is evolving what has become the de-facto standard API Description Format to produce a consistent and compatible format for describing APIs, allowing interoperation between tooling, systems, and runtime environments. Tony Tam, creator of the popular Swagger Specification is providing an update on the group activity.

  • Using Templates to Transform Web Service Results into Markup

    The HTTP-RPC open-source Java framework returns results in JSON by default, but can use the CTemplate system to respond with custom markup. In this article, Greg Brown shows how simple annotations can be used to automatically respond to a web service in any markup (HTML, XML, CSV, etc.).

  • Creating RESTful Services with T4 Based on Model and Interfaces

    When generating RESTful services with WebAPI, a lot of boilerplate code has to be implemented. Amel Musić demonstrates how T4 and EnvDTE can be used to create a flexible code generator that dramatically reduces the amount of time and effort this takes.

  • HTTP-RPC: A Lightweight Cross-Platform REST Framework

    HTTP-RPC is an open-source framework allowing developers to create and access cross-platform polyglot RESTful web services using a convenient, RPC-like metaphor, while preserving fundamental REST principles such as statelessness and uniform resource access.

  • Locating Common Micro Service Performance Anti-Patterns

    In this second installment on diagnosing performance issues, performance engineer Andreas Grabner focuses on spotting patterns that cause performance and scalability issues in distributed Micro Service Oriented Architectures.

  • Production Like Performance Tests of Web-Services

    Tests should always keep the end user view in mind. But how to test web services, which are not directly customer-facing, and in particular, how to performance test them in a meaningful way? This article outlines performance split testing as a performance test approach that is relying on real-time production traffic.

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