Architecture Weekly Issue #56. Articles, books, and playlists on architecture and related topics. Split by sections, highlighted with complexity: 🤟 means hardcore, 👷♂️ is technically applicable right away, 🍼 - is an introduction to the topic or an overview. Now in telegram as well.
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Will my cloud bill go up with looser coupling? 👷♂️
Coupling is considered a bad thing, so architects usually try to decrease it for better flexibility and maintainability. But what about the cost of infrastructure? Gregor Hohpe picks up an example of a Lambda function writing data to DynamoDB and sending an event to EventBridge to see if moving the event handling to DynamoDB streams will increase the cost. But the main point of the article is in its end: whatever the infrastructure increase would be, you will probably save a couple of orders of magnitude in value brought by your programmers.
#architecture #cloud #cost
Big Data is Dead 🍼
Big Data was on the hype for over a decade. The reason for that was the expectation of the neverending growth of data and the growth of the companies handling this data. But it turns out that really large volumes are only handled by a handful of companies, and even for them the workloads are much less than the total amount of data. What does that mean for you? Find out in the article below.
Distributed Reset 🤟
Last time we shared a visualization of Raft consensus protocol. But it is a relatively recent development. But the problems of distributed systems are much older. For example, we had a problem of distributed reset: setting a default value for all the nodes in the system. The original paper was written in 1994, but this week Jesse Jiryu Davis wrote a review for it. The basic idea is close to the Deijksta path search algorithm with the difference that here we need to traverse all the nodes in DAG. Grab the details inside.
Evolution of a React application 👷♂️
React is usually perceived as a framework, but it's rather a library for building UI. And the application architecture is still up to you. Juntao QIU from ThoughtWorks wrote an article in Martin Fowler's blog on how you can evolve your frontend application which uses React from a single component to a sophisticated multilayer application. Grab a great read below.
#frontend #react #architecture
How the Istio Service Mesh became the Critical Infrastructure for CN apps 👷♂️
We spoke about service meshes in previous articles; this time I would like to share an article which covers the history of evolution from plain Kubernetes systems to using Services Meshes and the place of Istio there. The article also covers the evolution of proxies from locally configurable to cloud-native solutions at scale.
#servicemesh #istio #cloudnative
DevOps Roadmap 🍼
It's impossible to imagine a high performing organization without DevOps practices nowadays. So you might end up in situation where you need to hire SREs and other relevant specialist or grow them inside the company. The roadmap I found on the internet does a good job depicting the areas of expertise required nowadays from git and programming languages to Clouds, CI/CD and Monitoring and Observability.
Guide to Projections and Read Models in Event-Driven Architecture
With event sourcing, you typically have a fixation of facts or event happened in the system. However, we frequently need to understand the current state. Projections can help to build up this state from the recorded events. Oskar Dudycz shares the explanations of what exactly projections are in his event-driven architecture blog.
Postgres WAL Files and Sequence Numbers 🤟
WAL files are used for the recovery and replication purposes. But if you need to dig deep into some issue, you might find useful the understanding of the WAL files naming conventions, log sequence numbers and segment positions. This is why I am sharing an article by Crunchy Data with you.
#postgresql #db #wal
Reference Architecture and Implementation for Deployment Pipelines 👷♂️
If you ever needed to build a deployment pipeline, you know how many details are there. Last week AWS published the reference architecture for the deployment pipeline and InfoQ blog has a nice article covering them. Find out how you can build a pipeline using AWS tools and services and how to follow the best practices.
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