What Are Microservices, And Are They Right For Me?

| November 8, 2016

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Back in 2009, Apple launched the “there’s an app for that” marketing campaign for their new iPhone 3G. The idea behind their catch phrase was that there were small programs, called apps, that could do just about any single task you’d like it to. In the now iconic commercial, a user checked snow conditions for the day, how many calories were in their lunch and even where they parked their car. These weren’t things built into the iPhone itself, but small services that ran independently of each other, rarely communicating with anything besides the wireless network. If one needed to be updated, it could be changed without affecting anything else, allowing updates to be made quickly, easily, and without any major service disruption. In essence, this is the idea of microservices.

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