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Microservices and history

Posted by Mark Little Feb 21, 2015

I've finally made time to write down some of my thoughts on microservices and how they should relate to SOA and other approaches which have gone before. I've cross-linked the article here for those who may be interested. As I mentioned in the InfoQ interview, I think some of the recent advances in development tools, such as docker-based containers, should make service development easier. However, if we'd had them 10 years ago they'd have fallen under the banner of SOA and I don't think we'd have coined a new term to describe a specific implementation. Whether it's SOA, microservices or some other term, I do think that in the last year or so there have been some interesting developments around frameworks, languages, containers etc. that do make a difference for distributed service-based applications. We just need to join them together with all of the good things we did over the past decade or so and called SOA.

I've been thinking about approaches to container-less development and deployment for a while. However, it was whilst I was at the other day that I decided to write down some of my thoughts. Well that and the interview I did with Markus for my keynote at JavaLand in a few weeks. I wanted to write something that was objective though and without pushing a particular implementation agenda - often hard given what I do as my day job. However, that's the reason I wrote it over on my personal blog and am cross-linking it here. Obviously I do think that the work we've been doing with AS7/WildFly/EAP is one of the main catalysts for improving the whole dev-to-deploy experience when people work with a Java EE container, with projects such as Forge and Arquillian as critical pieces in that puzzle. There's more to be done and I'm excited about some of the improvements the teams have planned. And I also think that new approaches such as Vert.x offer a view of where things are going and can still benefit from experiences and components elsewhere.

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