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#53 - Principles for Adopting Microservices Successfully - Chris Richardson

“The whole point of microservices and adopting microservices is not to have microservices. The goal is to improve the software delivery key metrics, i.e. rapid, reliable, frequent, and sustainable delivery of software."

Chris Richardson is a recognized thought leader in microservices and the author of “Microservices Patterns”. In this episode, we opened our conversation talking about the current state of microservices vs monolith architecture. Chris then explained why he thinks monolith is not actually an anti-pattern and when it’s a good time for us to consider adopting microservice architecture. He then shared about the success triangle for implementing microservices, important concepts such as design time coupling and some microservices patterns, such as the Saga pattern, and how his current work on Eventuate can help developers to implement these patterns easier. At the end, Chris briefly explained some of his important principles for decomposing a monolith successfully.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:05:52]
  • State of Microservices vs Monolith - [00:11:56]
  • Monolith is Not an Anti-Pattern - [00:15:43]
  • When to Adopt Microservices - [00:18:46]
  • Microservices Success Triangle - [00:23:04]
  • Design Time Coupling - [00:26:40]
  • Distributed Transaction and Saga Pattern - [00:33:21]
  • Eventuate - [00:36:36]
  • Tips for Implementing Saga Pattern - [00:39:00]
  • Principles to Decompose Monolith - [00:43:49]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:50:12]


Chris Richardson’s Bio
Chris Richardson is a software architect and serial entrepreneur. He is a Java Champion, a JavaOne rock star and the author of “POJOs in Action”, which describes how to build enterprise Java applications with frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Chris was also the founder of the original, an early Java PaaS for Amazon EC2. Today, Chris is a recognized thought leader in microservices, having authored the book “Microservices Patterns”. He regularly speaks at international conferences and delivers consulting and training that helps organizations successfully adopt and use the microservice architecture.

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