Microservices for orchestration: How to apply the stateful process adapter pattern

What are stateful microservices? Microservices holding state while performing some longer-than-normal execution time type tasks. They have the following characteristics They have an API to start a new instance and an API to read the current state of a given instance They orchestrate a bunch of actions that may be part of a single end-to-endContinue reading “Microservices for orchestration: How to apply the stateful process adapter pattern”

Observability in distributed systems: Monitoring, Logging, Auditing and Historical analysis

“Knowing the quality of your services at any given moment in time before your customers do and using this information to continuously improve customer experience is part of modern software delivery and critical to the success of organisations” In this post, we present why it is important to observe and manage our systems and solutions proactively andContinue reading “Observability in distributed systems: Monitoring, Logging, Auditing and Historical analysis”

History of web services: Monolith to Microservices

If you have struggled with decisions when designing APIs or Microservices – it is best to take a step back and look at how we got here. It helps not only renew our appreciation for the rapid changes we have seen over the past 10-20 years but also puts into perspective why we do whatContinue reading “History of web services: Monolith to Microservices”

De-mystifying the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) landscape: Actors, terminology, cadence and protocols

Any form of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) [1] work for data synchronization,  digital transformation or customer self-service web implementation involves communication between the service providers and service consumers. A web of connections grows over time between systems, facilitated by tools specialising in “system-integration”; this article covers how the clients, services and integration tools communicate andContinue reading “De-mystifying the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) landscape: Actors, terminology, cadence and protocols”

Tackling complexity: Using Process maps to improve visibility of integrated system features

“Entropy always increases “– second law of thermodynamics Enterprise systems are similar to isolated physical systems, where the entropy or hidden-information always increases. As the business grows, our technology footprint grows as new systems are implemented, new products and cross-functional features are imagined and an amazing network of integrations emerge Knowing how information flows andContinue reading “Tackling complexity: Using Process maps to improve visibility of integrated system features”

Raspberry Pi Setup – Part II: IoT API Platform

Intro This is the second part in a series of posts on setting up a Raspberry Pi to fully utilize the Software & Hardware functionality of this platform to build interesting internet of things (IOT) applications. Part-I is here https://techiecook.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/raspberry-pi-ssh-headless-access-from-mac-and-installing-node-processing/ … this covered the following: Enable SSH service on the Pi Connect to Pi without a display or router –Continue reading “Raspberry Pi Setup – Part II: IoT API Platform”

Raspberry Pi Setup – Part I : Boot, SSH and Headless access

Intro Part I : Documenting the workflow/steps to setup my Raspberry Pi (2 B) – from Installing Raspbian to installing Node, Processing etc Goals: Enable SSH service on the Pi Connect to Pi without a display or router – headless access via Mac Steps Install Raspbian Boot your Pi Setup SSH Connect to Mac Troubleshoot Connection to MacContinue reading “Raspberry Pi Setup – Part I : Boot, SSH and Headless access”

Complex Form Evaluation with Drools

Introduction Complex business rules are best implemented using a ‘Rules Engine’. Drools is an open source Business Rules Management Product. See here   In this blog we will cover a few basics of using the Drools rule engine, specifically using a Domain Specific Language (DSL) which is a language that is more user focused. TheContinue reading “Complex Form Evaluation with Drools”

Why is this not an API contract?

Why is this … my Swagger UI, generated from code not a contract? It describes my service, therefore it must be a Service Provider Contract. No?  This was a common theme for a few of our clients with mobile/web teams as consumers of enterprise services.  Service providers generated contracts, and would sometimes create a contractContinue reading “Why is this not an API contract?”

Lessons from API integration

A general transition has been happening with the nature of work that I do in the integration space … we have been doing less of SOAP/XML/RPC webservices and more RESTful APIs for “digital enablement” of enterprise services .  This brought a paradigm shift and valuable lessons were learnt (rightly or wrongly) … and of course the process ofContinue reading “Lessons from API integration”