First installment of microservices article now live

March 10th, 2014

After pretty much two months of gestation and technical review, the first draft of the article that Martin Fowler and I have been writing is now live.

We will be covering off more characteristics of this charismatic approach to building systems over the next week or so. Stay tuned…

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Microservices Dot Net Rocks is now live

October 25th, 2013

The interview that Matt Collinge, architecture lead at comparethemarket.com, and myself did last month is now live.

We talked about the journey that CTM have been on the last few years and their evolution of a new platform based on gradually replacing their monolithic core systems and their move towards product based teams.

Dot Net Rocks on microservices

We cover off topics including microservices, evolutionary architecture, continuous delivery and the importance of executive sponsorship amongst others.

I would like to publicly say thank you to Richard and Carl who made the experience fun and less scary than it might have been – you guys are awesome. I would also like to say thanks to those who attended the live event in Manchester.

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Lean and lego video

July 30th, 2013

Yippee! The good folk at Agile Peterborough have shared a video of my good self chatting about star wars lego…

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How big should a micro-service be?

July 9th, 2013

SRP and my Head

Many years ago, whilst working at an Investment Bank with a number of ThoughtWorks colleagues, we were thinking about how big objects should be. Obviously as developers we were thinking in terms of the Single Responsibility Principle, Open-Closed Principle and Separation of Concerns.

I came up with a simple heuristic. Simply stated, an object should be no bigger than the size of my head when pressed up against the monitor – basically a screenful of code. Now, I have a fairly big head (but thats ok, cos there ain’t much inside it) so your mileage may vary.

The reason I bring this up is because I’ve been speaking at a few conferences recently on the topic of Micro Services, and the following question is often asked:

“How big should an application be?”
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Micro-services at Agile Australia

June 7th, 2013

So I’m off to Oz next week – I am chuffed to be speaking on the topic of micro-services at Agile Australia

I am going to be talking about the trend towards smaller applications communicating via a uniform interface and exploring the trade offs we have to make when building micro-service based applications in the enterprise.

I’m also really pleased that my colleague, Sam Newman, is speaking on a topic that ties in particularly well to mine.

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Update: Agile Peterborough

March 22nd, 2013

The event was a great success – thanks to everyone who came along and thanks to the organisers, in particular Alex Shaw (@axshaw) for putting on an excellent first local event.

Apparently something of a trend on the conference circuit at the moment, the event featured local artist Anthony Ashley
(@tweetBedders I believe) live painting the themes from the talks. The result is below – I kinda like it.

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Lean and Lego @ AgilePeterborough

March 19th, 2013

I’ve been asked to present at the Agile Peterborough meetup this Wednesday, 20th March.

I’m really pleased that the organisers have asked me and that we have had so many folks register for the event. There is a growing software development and craftsmanship community centered on companies based in and around Peterborough and I’m delighted to support the group.

The talk is one of my favourites, Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon. I’ve given this previously for both clients and at Agile on the Beach and it’s always a fun topic.

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QCon SF 2012 tutorial on Micro services

October 3rd, 2012

I have an upcoming tutorial at QCon San Francisco on Micro services. It’s scheduled for Tuesday the 6th November for the full day. The tutorial will cover evolutionary architecture, web-integration, declarative provisioning of environments and tooling that allows us to create and operationalise simple and small applications.

Promo Code: lewi100

If you want to come along, then please use my speaker code when booking; you’ll get a $100 discount on your ticket which has to be a good thing.

Micro services – evolutionary approaches for systems of systems

“Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together” was accepted 40 years ago yet we have spent the last decade building monolithic applications, communicating via bloated middleware and with our fingers crossed that Moore’s Law keeps helping us out. There is a better way.

Micro services. In this tutorial we will discover a consistent and reinforcing set of tools and practices rooted in the the Unix Philosophy of small and simple. Tiny applications, communicating via the web’s uniform interface with single responsibilities and installed as well behaved operating system services. So, are you sick of wading through tens of thousands of lines of code to make a simple one line change? Of all that XML? Come along and check out what the cools kids are up to (and the cooler grey beards).

In this tutorial we will cover the following topics:

Principle-driven evolutionary architecture
Capability modelling and the town planning metaphor
REST, web integration and event-driven systems of systems
Micro services, versioning, consumer driven contracts and postels law
Testing, Building and continuous delivery
Operational concerns

There will be a hands-on element to the tutorial looking at some basic tooling that allows us to very quickly create and operationalise micro-service based designs. Bring a laptop!

event links

QCon San Francisco Main Page
www.qconsf.com

Registration

https://secure.trifork.com/sf2012/registration/

Tracks

http://qconsf.com/sf2012/tracks/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/#!/QConSF

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/QCon

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Agile on the Beach

October 3rd, 2012
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I was lucky enough to be invited back to Agile on the Beach for a second year and gave a talk on Growing a culture of innovation.

The basic premise is that in todays ever more connected world, it’s becoming more and more important for companies to innovate to retain their market share but its notoriously hard to create a culture where innovation can prosper using traditional management techniques. My opinion? You can’t create culture, but you can put people, an organisational architecture and routines in place that allow a culture to grow.

My slides on the talk can be found on slideshare here and the full synopsis on the talks page. Video will be available shortly and will be added when it is.

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Java micro services talk online

May 5th, 2012

I was asked to present this year at the 33rd Degree conference on Java Micro-services and i’ve finally managed to get the slides up on slideshare.

You can find them here.

I would like to thank the conference organisers since I had a really interesting week with some great feedback. I really need to write a bit more on the topic since it seemed the topic was useful and interesting for people.

Thanks everyone who attended. Hope to see you again next year.

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