Engineering the Future of Software
29–31 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
31 Oct–1 Nov 2018: Training
London, UK

Developing microservices (Day 2)

Chris Richardson (Eventuate)
Location: Hilton Meeting Room 3/4

What you'll learn

By the end of this two-day training course, you'll understand:

  • The essential characteristics of the microservice architecture, its benefits and drawbacks, and when to use it
  • Distributed data management patterns
  • Effective microservice testing strategies
  • Deployment options for microservices
  • Strategies for refactoring a monolithic application to a microservice architecture

And you’ll be able to:

  • Architect an application as a set of microservices
  • Use sagas to maintain data consistency
  • Implement queries that span services
  • Test microservices
  • Refactor a monolith to services


Enterprises need to deliver better software faster. It’s no longer sufficient to release quarterly or even monthly. Instead, organizations must use methods such as DevOps to frequently deploy changes into production, perhaps as often as multiple times per day. However, one obstacle to DevOps-style development is that organizations are often mired in monolithic hell. Key business applications are large, complex, unwieldy monoliths, so it’s impossible to rapidly and safely deploy changes. The solution is to adopt the microservice architecture—an architectural style that has the testability and deployability necessary for DevOps.

Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and kata exercises, Chris Richardson walks you through using the microservice architecture to develop your applications. You’ll learn how to deal with some of the key obstacles you’ll face, including distributed data management, and discover strategies for refactoring a monolith to a microservice architecture.

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Chris Richardson


Chris Richardson is a developer and architect. He is a Java Champion, a JavaOne Rock Star, and the author of POJOs in Action, which describes how to build enterprise Java applications with frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Chris was also the founder of the original, an early Java PaaS for Amazon EC2. Today, he is a recognized thought leader in microservices and speaks regularly at international conferences. Chris is the creator of, a pattern language for microservices, and is writing the book Microservice Patterns, which is available as a Manning MEAP. He provides microservices consulting and training to organizations that are adopting the microservice architecture and is working on his third startup Eventuate, an application platform for developing transactional microservices.