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Chopping the monolith - the demo

In my previous blog post Chopping the monolith, I explained my stance on microservices and why it shouldn’t be your golden standard. However, I admitted that some parts of the codebase were less stable than others and had to change more frequently. I proposed 'chopping' these few parts to cope with this requirement while keeping the monolith intact. As Linus Torvalds once wrote: Talk is cheap, show me the code! I want to show how to do it within the scope of a small demo project to

architecture microservices system design

Chopping the monolith

If you attend conferences or read technical articles, you could think that microservices are the correct and only way to build a system at the moment. Despite some pushback from cooler heads, the default architecture is microservices. In this post, I’d like to argue why it’s wrong. I’ll first get back to the origin of microservices and the fundamental reason to use them. Then, I’ll describe why microservices don’t fit most organizations' structures. Afterward, I̵

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APISIX, an API Gateway the Apache way

During the pioneer area of the World Wide Web, the content was static. To serve it, a group of developers created a web server, which is now known as the Apache Web Server. The Apache Web Server is built around a module architecture. Developers created a module to run CGI scripts to add dynamic content to the lot. Users wrote early CGI scripts in Perl. After a while, it became evident that generating a complete HTML page from scratch was not the best way and that templating - providing an HTML

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A tentative comparison of fault tolerance libraries on the JVM

If you’re implementing microservices or not, the chances are that you’re calling HTTP endpoints. With HTTP calls, a lot of things can go wrong. Experienced developers plan for this and design beyond just the happy path. In general, fault tolerance encompasses the following features: RetryTimeoutCircuit BreakerFallbackRate Limiter to avoid server-side 429 responsesBulkhead: Rate Limiter limits the number of calls in a determined timeframe, while Bulkhead limits the number of concurren

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Going the microservices way - part 2

This is the 2nd post in the Going the microservices way focus series. In my previous post, I developed a simple microservices REST application based on Spring Boot in a few lines of code. Now is the time to put this application in the cloud. In the rest of the article, I suppose you already have an account configured for the provider. Pivotal Cloud Foundry is the Cloud offering from Pivotal, based on Cloud Foundry.

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Going the microservices way - part 1

This is the 1st post in the Going the microservices way focus series. <div class='paragraph'> <p><a href='' target='_blank' rel='noopener'>Microservices</a>, are trending right now, whether you like it or not. There are good reasons for that as it resolves many issues organizations are faced with. It also opens a Pandora box as new issues pop up every now and then…​ But that is a story for another day: in the end, micr

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On resources scarcity, application servers and micro-services

While attending JavaZone recently, I went to a talk by Neal Ford. To be honest, the talk was not something mind-blowing, many tools he showed were either outdated or not best of breed, but he stated a very important fact: application servers are meant to address resources scarcity by sharing resources, while those resources are no more scarce in this day and age. In fact, this completely matches my experience. Remember 10 years ago when we had to order hardware 6 months in advance? At that time