Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Elixir in times of microservices

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Since microservices have been a common topic lately, there are a lot of questions about how Elixir fits in microservice architectures.

On this post, I won’t focus on the merits of microservices, as many have already discussed that to exhaustion. In particular, Martin Fowler’s entry on the topic aligns well with my thoughts and is definitely worth reading.

It is also worth mentioning that I have seen many companies pursuing microservices because they fail to organize large applications as their tooling (languages and frameworks) do not provide good abstractions to manage those. So microservices are often seen as a solution for structuring code by imposing the separation of concerns from top to bottom. Unfortunately, prematurely adopting microservices often negatively impacts the team’s productivity. Therefore, it is also important for languages and frameworks to provide proper abstractions for handling code complexity as the codebase grows.

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