How to choose the right technology for your project

From DZone (original). I agree with conclusion:

  • Choose what the team is familiar with.
  • Don’t be cool — play in your free time.
  • Choose the right tool for the job.
  • Prefer principles of good software design over the latest hype.
  • Don’t overload the number of languages.
  • Educate yourself & the team on foundations of computer science.
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Microservice Arquitectures

At UST Global we are reviewing some microservice architectures which will help us to support our customers. We selected these three:

Netflix OSS Architecture

We will use the Netflix OSS (Netflix Open Source Software) components:

netflix-oss-architecture

  • Configuration Service (Spring Cloud Config). Each Spring Boot application connects to the Configuration Service to get its configuration. Each application configuration is saved in a Version Control Service (GIT), in order to maintain a record of all modifications.
  • Gateway (Netflix/Zuul). The Gateway receives all the requests from outside and the gateway proxies them to the microservice depending on the configuration (what service and where it should be directed) and the registration (where the service is located).
  • Service Registration & Discovery (Netflix/Eureka). Each microservice self-registers allowing to others microservices invoke them after discovering.

Consul.io Architecture

We will use the following architecture:

consul-architecture

  • Configuration & Service Discovery (Consul.io). Each microservice connects to the Configuration Service to get its configuration. This server is also used to discover other microservices.
  • Gateway (nginx + Consul Template). The Gateway receives all the requests from outside and the gateway proxies them to the microservice depending on the registration (where the service is located). As alternative, we could use linkerd as the gateway.
  • Service Registration (Registrator). Each docker instance is registered by Registrator inside Consul.

If we would not use Consul as DNS for other services (like databases,…), we would not need Registrator. Instead of it, we would let microservices to register them-self through Consul.

API Gateway Architecture

We are trying Tyk and also made two pull request to reduce the Docker image sizes for Tyk Gateway and Tyk Dashboard. Tyk offers an API management platform with an API Gateway, API analytics, developer portal and API Management Dashboard.

This API Gateway has the service discovery feature, we would not need any proxy/gateway (nginx + Consul template or Netflix/Zuul):

tyk-architecture

  • Service Registration & Discovery (Consul.io). Each microservice connects to the Configuration Service to get its configuration. This server is also used to discover other microservices.
  • Gateway (Tyk). The Gateway receives all the requests from outside and the gateway proxies them to the microservice depending on the registration (where the service is located).

API Development: Design-First or Code-First?

I just read this post in DZone (this is the original) related to “API Development: Design-First or Code-First?” and I am not agree with the second phrase in “The design-first approach advocates for designing the API’s contract first before writing any code. This is a relatively new approach“.

People talks about API’s like if they were born recently but we integrate systems since long time ago, so I think we should design API’s for those integrations, don’t you think? You can ‘google’ for “WSDL-first” or “Contract-First” and you will get a lot of results about “design-first” when we built SOAP API’s long time ago.

I personally prefer “Design-first” for some reasons:

  • It’s not only designing any API, it’s about your “Company API Strategy“. It’s about how will people think about the way you show your “business”.
  • Server and client side are able to build at the same time; it’s not implementation aware.
  • If you adopt “Code-first”, you have to be aware about the name conventions for the classes you declare. For instance, if you use the “DTO” suffix convention, may be this “DTO” suffix will be exposed in your API and it sucks.