Akka is not a Swedish food, it’s a swiss army knife

Few years ago, during an architecture round-table discussion, focusing on building distributed systems, many questions came up regarding distributing computing design patterns which naturally are difficult to implement and get right. Those design patterns are focusing on addressing modern applications use cases where you need to increase performance and cut on the infrastructure cost. Where … More Akka is not a Swedish food, it’s a swiss army knife

Why Akka if you have Kubernetes?

During our latest joint webinar with our partner Lightbend, we discussed building future-proof system architecture. This is the link to the webinar recording. We highlighted the importance of architecture flexibility and the role of Reactive Architecture and Cloud-Native architecture in supporting adaptability while achieving resilience and elasticity. We also highlighted the importance of loose coupling … More Why Akka if you have Kubernetes?

The New Norm

Few months ago, in the old world, before the pandemic hits, the retail industry experts were looking for ways to replace the overused expressions “digital transformation”, “digital advantage” and “customer experience” with other creative words. Why? Simply, because it sounded old, just a useless hype and many started to consider this as a merely crying … More The New Norm

Modern Application Architecture and Java

Introduction Modern day web applications are increasingly under pressure to provide a richer user experience. At minimum, usually those applications start with the ability to support hundreds of concurrent users with few thousands concurrent requests or calls a day, however that could increase to millions if the venture proved to be successful and need to … More Modern Application Architecture and Java

JPA Error-Handling for the Play Framework Asynchronous Setup

This is valid for the Play Framework 2.8 Release Introduction Recently, Play Framework added asynchronous processing for blocking operations. JPA operations are generally I/O intensive and is it is one of those blocking operations that Play is recommending to process asynchronously. Play does so, by using Java “CompletionStage” interface and the “CompletableFuture” Future implementation which … More JPA Error-Handling for the Play Framework Asynchronous Setup

MicroSystems Vs. MicroServices

Microservices Anti-patterns Microservices architecture has been a dominant architecture style for the last few years, it fits well into the Cloud-native architecture and the agile methodology. The business units are constantly looking for creative ways to support the faster time to market demand; and the Microservices evolution is a big part of that. Lately, many … More MicroSystems Vs. MicroServices

The Modern Era Solution Architect

Software Architect, Application Architect, Solution Architect or all of the above? Introduction In the past few years, the information technology and the software development landscape dramatically changed. Advances in computer processors, networking and storage technologies, along with Cloud and mobile; led to the digital transformation evolution and the introduction of plethora of new business use … More The Modern Era Solution Architect

Reactive Architecture Quick Reference

Building Responsive, resilient, elastic, maintainable and extensible systems leads to gaining competitive advantage through faster time to market, improve modern user experience and lower the total cost of building and operating applications. Methods Event driven and message driven architecture Using Asynchronous messaging for inter-service communication and request processing Isolate Everything (Decoupling) Isolate time (eliminate blocking … More Reactive Architecture Quick Reference

Play Framework 2.7.x APIs routing list

Play framework is not just used for web applications. It’s also used to build Microservices. The Akka http performance and the actor model are very well suited for building high performance systems utilizing Hexagonal and Reactive architecture techniques. While, it’s highly recommended to use a dedicated API documentation to document the services’ APIs, still, early … More Play Framework 2.7.x APIs routing list

Why is Kafka a good fit for Reactive Microservices?

Prerequisites For more info on Reactive design patterns such as CQRS, event sourcing, command sourcing and Saga please refer to the references section. Introduction Reactive architecture is an architecture approach aims to use asynchronous messaging or event driven architecture to build Responsive, Resilient and Elastic systems. Reactive Microservices is capitalizing on the Reactive approach while … More Why is Kafka a good fit for Reactive Microservices?