Microservices

Episode 87. Ok, it’s time to get Reactive!

It’s that Streaming-new-deal that has been taken over the web world, Reactive! You’ve heard about it, and maybe even tried to learn it a couple of times but find it confusing? Well, be confused no more since on this episode Bob and I explore the basic foundations of Reactive (and explain what is that makes is so confusing to begin with)

But that’s not all. We also dive on why is such a “hot” technology and why is the recommended approach on new microservices, even so, we also explore its drawbacks and why we shouldn’t rip everything apart to make “reactive” things.

Lastly we start exploring one of the “reactive” frameworks with Spring WebFlux, and explore how to “think” about Reactive (and came with the marble track analogy). In all, this episode will shed light on a topic that has been hard to understand, but on which, if done correctly can bring a very large performance gain!

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Episode 86. Move Over Slow Startup times, GraalVM…IS…HERE. (and cross-language support, and less memory footprint…)

Oh my! This episode is going to be one of our favorites. There are times where the Java ecosystem delivers something incredibly interesting (InvokeDynamic, Lambdas, Streams, Kotlin), and this episode is one of those! You may have heard it mentioned around the interwebs or conferences (this new GraalVM thing)… well, it’s here to stay and is propelling JVM languages to a whole new level of interoperatibility and performance!

So GraalVM at the very high-level view is a “Java Virtual Machine” (in reality there’s much more to it, but we can at least start there). It provides tons of interesting features, like the ability to not only compile Java/JVM languages, but also Javascript, LLVM Languages (like C++), Python, R (and is expanding to others), and more importantly, interoperatibility between all these languages.

But the bee’s knees (or the most interesting fact) is that GraalVM also have the “Native Image”, which allows you to completely bake in a Linux (more platforms coming) binary straight up from your source code. The Native Image doesn’t require Java to be installed, and you can start your application as you would any other Linux executable. The most impressive part? Startup times are incredibly fast!

So we have usually addressed tons of misinformed myths of the Java language like “It’s slow:” (No, not really), or “You can code more performant code in C++” (possibly, but you have to be an expert to squeeze more performance than the JVM’s JIT compiler). But one area that the claim has held true is that “Java has slow startup times”. And (it used to be) true! Because of the dynamic classloading that Java supports, it’s very hard for the JVM to startup fast. For long running applications this is usually not a problem, even so, for the new Cloud folks (and Lambdas, and AutoScaling Groups), fast startup time is a “thing”. And so, with GraalVM (with some caveats) we are conquering one of the last arguments against the JVM languages.

In all, THIS is the episode to listen this year. It’s exciting, new technology that we could really spin up and use. Let’s have fun programming again with GraalVM.

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Episode 83. Hey! Your app needs its yearly HealthCheck as well!

You got your new project, it’s a brand new service, and is ready to go! But… have you done a health check endpoint for your app? In this day and age of microservices with auto-remediation and auto-scaling, having a well-behaved, functioning health-check is very important since it dictates when to evict, scale up (or down) your service.

And the great news is, that for the “bigger” frameworks (like Spring or Microprofile) the work is almost done for us! With Spring Boot Actuator and Microprofile, we have tons of support and annotations, and built-in healthchecks for the main “things”, like database connectivity, Message Queue connectivity, even Email settings!.

So don’t put it off…start listening to this podcast, and then start creating that oh-so-needed health check for your app! Also, stay tuned to this episode as we give a “hint” of new podcast series to come!

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Episode 82. Uh-oh Spring… you got some serious competition from Micronaut!

So the internet is all raging about this (not so little) framework that is doing it all. Created with a “cloud-first” mentality, @Micronautfw is aiming to be your next Spring Boot! And, oh gosh, how easy they are making it.

We dive into what makes Micronaut such a darling of the internet right now (not using reflection, GraalVM ready, better memory consumption) and see how much “stuff” is in there (the TLDR; A Lot). We go from creating a microservice, to looking at the different already-implemented features like circuit breakers, properties/profiles, beans, support for lambdas, micrometer, reactive programming, and all. While it might not have “everything” that Spring does, the reality is that it’s pretty solid.

Would you consider Micronaut for your next project? The answer is maybe (and for some cases, maybe Yes). So come, and take a listen to the underdog framework (Micronaut) that’s stepping up to definitively take the reigning Champ (Spring)

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Episode 66. Ok, how about consuming Rest services

So we talked about how to create a rest service (using things like Apache CXF and Spring MVC), but sometimes, we actually need to consume these rest services. Luckily within the Java ecosystem there is a lot of way to skin that cat, and in today’s episode we at least cover 4 ways of doing so (including my favorite of the day, Feign). Come take a listen as we dive into Appache HttpComponents, Apache CXF with JaxRS, Spring RestTemplate and Netflix Feign on this fully-loaded episode.

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Episode 58. Hey! You gotta give some REST to those Microservices!

So REST is just a webpage that returns JSON right? Well, no! Apparently I’ve been doing REST All wrong! It’s much more rich and complete than what we are led to believe. Come join us with Bob Paulin as we talk the real

 

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Episode 44. Let’s show MicroServices some luv!

So it’s all the rage, and things have been getting smaller and slimmer (think your first cell phone), well, code is no different! Today we cover a trend on what is considered one of the better ways to scale, yet like everything else there are caveats. Bob is actually going to take us for a spin on creating our own MicroService by using Spring Boot!
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