Tuesday, February 23, 2016


In continuing my education on Microservices, I came across a blog which gave a formula for SOA. In essence the formula says remove ESB, SOAP, Persistence (Reliable Messaging) and centralized governance and add containers  + PaaS. That is the microservices definition.

There was a initiative a while back called JEOS for "Just enough Operating System". May be we should try that for Microservices equation as a function of SOA. It is just enough SOA.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


In trying to understand the difference between Microservices and Web Services (Circa 2002), I cam across this definition.

"..., the microservice architectural style is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms, often an HTTP resource API. These services are built around business capabilities and independently deployable by fully automated deployment machinery. There is a bare minimum of centralized management of these services, which may be written in different programming languages and use different data storage technologies." source: M Fowler

When web services started a similar definition was put forth. The main focus then was to get away from Java RMI into a light weight HTTP based communication and bring in language independence (then championed by Microsoft's CLR). As we implemented web services it became quite obvious that HTTP was quite heavy weight and language independence was not very economical. In fact what worked was language homogeneity with standardization on language that could shed weight for simple tasks and leverage a framework for heavy lifting. 

One of the biggest innovations in Java was the built in packaging and (later) deployment mechanisms. In fact most of the appeal of Java was in its "platform" features and not language features. This whole CNA biz smells a lot like language once again taking control of deployment and not leaving it to operations. We are seeing a application ops profession asserting itself.