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Over the past 10 years, distributed systems have become more fine-grained. From the large multi-million line long monolithic applications, we are now seeing the benefits of smaller self-contained services. Heavy-weight, hard to change Service Oriented Architectures are not the answer; instead we are now seeing finer-grained systems consisting of collaborating microservices. Easier to change, deploy, and if required retire, organizations which are in the right position to take advantage of them are yielding significant benefits.
This book takes an holistic view of the things you need to be cognizant of in order to pull this off. It covers just enough understanding of technology, architecture, operations and organization to show you how to move towards finer-grained systems.
Sam Newman is a technologist at ThoughtWorks, where he currently splits his time between encouraging and sharing Innovation globally and helping design and build their internal systems. He has worked with a variety of companies in multiple domains around the world, often with one foot in the developer world, and another in the IT operations space. If you asked him what he does, he’d say ‘I work with people to build better software systems’. He has written articles, presented at conferences, and sporadically commits to open source projects. He is currently writing a book, Building Microservices, which should be available in the Autumn of this year from O'Reilly.
As an engineer of REST / HATEOAS-based services, I expected some new insights into engineering microservices, yet at the current stage of the early draft, I found the underlying substance of the book lacking; I definitely hope this improves in the next iterations of the book.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This book is an interesting starting point. I'd like to see some more code samples that readers can use to build their own microservice systems. I would be particularly interested in seeing samples in ruby + golang. Also more information about how to setup your network infrastructure to support these kinds of systems.