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Microservices Are a Trend of Modern Development

Microservices or microservice architecture uses service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA is a structure that contains a group of services that operate as one. People will often times use microservices as opposed to other methods, because microservices are more simplified, making debugging easier. Below we’ll delve into the important features, benefits, and reasons for using microservices.

Bringing it all into perspective

The main idea of an application like microservices is to split a big idea into small tasks. If we look outside of the world of programming, we can find examples that are similar to microservices. For instance, we might compare microservices to a factory.

Similar to microservices, factories operate in a way that breaks up big tasks into smaller tasks. Each factory worker or machine, playing its part to make piece after piece of the respective product. Each worker performing his individually specialized tasks.

Efficiency is Key

Programming will follow the same examples… A large complex program being built from small services. Breaking these services up into more manageable sections, increases work efficiency and effectivity without overloading any systems.

You’ll find that even in a large company, such as Amazon, a team of programmers remains separate in small groups of about 5 people, each group performing its respective tasks.

Often in development with only one or two programmers, applications are not always as complex and large. But the complexity of programs and the number of programmers working on those programs has increased dramatically. As little as one function in any program may require a whole team of specialists to develop it!

As we can see above, microservice architecture perfectly solves a problem by using a system that separates tasks.

Problems that are present without microservices

What problems were present before microservices were used? Imagine a situation where two programmers performed two different tasks. At various points within the development of these tasks parts of the code began to depend on each other. Eventually, programmers took the liberty to make something new or alter the current systems in use. This is when programmers are faced with an issue.

You might compare this problem to untangling a ball of thread. When you pull one end, the other pieces stretch behind it. Eventually, the whole lump tightens, creating a big knot and making it very difficult to unravel. Situations with code in programs look similar, making it difficult to add new functionality to an existing program, let alone to try and change the already “knotted up ball” of code.

Are microservices the solution?

The programming community, realizing this problem, solved it using microservice architecture.

The main ideas that microservices present, are low interdependence, and high connectivity. A unit of this architecture is service, service that is built to depend on other services as little as possible.

Thus, a set of microservices can build a huge application and these services will have minimal dependence on each other. They may even be completely independent of each other. This factor makes it easy to update services. It’s so simple. Even a programmer who is not familiar with the complex application logic can easily make changes to a specific service. It makes it very easy to maintain, update, and scale. All of these factors being very important for a business, preventing a business from having to self-discover certain issues, costing them dearly.

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