Building distributed applications or microservice applications brings a whole new range of problems. All those application components, or microservices, need to communicate with each other. How will we do that: using messaging, or would direct HTTP calls be a better choice? Often, we must make such decisions early in a project. Since it’s hard to change it later, we call it an “architectural decision”. But this is often an excuse so we can blame the architect if the choice turned out to be wrong.
Together with four “AwesomeSauce” colleagues from Info Support, I’m attending DevNexus this year. For me, it’s the second time I’m here, as I spoke here in 2018, too. Next to delivering my own “React in 50 minutes” session I’m attending some sessions to update with new technology advancements. After a great first day, let’s move on to the second (and last) day.
From yesterday until tomorrow I’m attending Devoxx Poland (or Devoxx PL for short). It’s the second largest conference in the Devoxx family with around 2700 people attending. The conference is held in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre, a large venue with an amazing primary room. Entrance of the ICE The main reason I’m here is to give a talk about GraalVM on Wednesday morning. Apart from that, it’s a nice opportunity to network, meet old friends and make new ones.
As a closing keynote on the second day of Jfokus, Jonas Bonér took the stage under the very clarifying title “Blah blah Microservices blah blah”, which turned out to mean “From microliths to microsystems”. As a first observation, he stated that no-one really likes microservices. They are kind of a necessary evil - because “doing” microservices comes at a cost. In fact, microservices are just a specialisation of an older concept called distributed systems.