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About Gene Hughson

Gene is a software/solutions architect living and working in Richmond, Va. Gene blogs at Form Follows Function ( and is a regular on Tom Cagley's Software Process and Management Cast podcast.

Microservices and API Complexity – Inside and Out

The signature benefit of a microservice architecture is that its highly granular nature allows for a great deal of flexibility in composing applications. Components are simplified by virtue of a high degree of focus. The ability to replace individual components is enhanced by the modularity inherent in the style. A very significant drawback to microservice

Laziness as a Virtue in Software Architecture

Laziness may be one of the Seven Deadly Sins, but it can be a virtue in software development. As Matt Osbun observed: I often refer to myself as a lazy developer. Occurred to me that people might not get the reference.— Matt Osbun (@MattOsbun) February 6, 2015 Robert Heinlein noted the benefits of laziness:

Microservices, SOA, and EITA: Where To Draw the Line? Why to Draw the Line?

In my part of the world, it's not uncommon for people to say that someone wouldn't recognize something if it "bit them in the [rude rump reference]". For many organizations, that seems to be the explanation for the state of their enterprise IT architecture. For while we might claim to understand terms like "design", "encapsulation",

Microservices, Monoliths, Modularity – Shearing Layers for Flexibility

Over the last fifteen months, many electrons have been expended discussing the relative merits of the application architecture styles commonly referred to as microservices and monoliths. Both styles have their advocates, and the interesting aspect is not their differences, but their agreement on one core principle - modularity. Both camps seem to agree that "good"

Microservice Mistakes – Complexity as a Service

Technical Empathy - the ability to see the system from the point of view of the caller of your code, not just the point of view of your code— Michael Feathers (@mfeathers) January 26, 2015 Michael Feathers' tweet about technical empathy packs a lot of wisdom into 140 characters. Lack of technical empathy can lead

Selling SOA

In his recent post "No one wants SOA", Kevin Orbaker identifies one of the issues with infrastructure in general and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in particular: SOA is like plumbing in a home/office. No one thinks about plumbing. No one cares about plumbing. They just want water to come out of the faucet when they turn