The much anticipated inaugural Microservices Dublin meetup took place last Tuesday evening, February 24th, in the Engine Yard offices in Dublin.
With the high attendance and buzzing atmosphere on Tuesday night, Microservices Dublin is already establishing itself as the main monthly event in Ireland’s microservices community.
First up was Adrian Trenaman, who treated us to his “architectural meanderings” around microservices. He spoke on the lessons that Gilt learned going down the microservices route, explaining that:
“When you want to do something great, you need to build your own servers.”- Adrian Trenaman
When Gilt moved from being a Java house to a Scala house, the microservices explosion took off. Adrian advised that creating a staging environment for multiple teams is challenging and spoke at length about ownership of services.
It was great to see some questions from the floor turn into thought provoking solutions. Adrian was passionate about creating a culture based on trust and freedom; as he said:
“When you let smart people do what they want, you allow engineering anarchy to flourish.” - Adrian Trenaman
nearForm CTO Richard Rodger, who was a guest speaker at microXchg, the microservices conference in Berlin, just last week, was up next. He told us how, at nearForm, he has learned that:
“Node.js pushes you in the direction of microservices.” - Richard Rodger
Richard spoke about measuring what counts in microservices. He addressed the question of why we use microservices and pointed out that fundamentally, it’s all about reducing risk. He also suggested that for anyone thinking of learning code this year, TLA+ is an interesting language to learn. See Richard’s full presentation here and watch his talk in full here.
Fred George was likewise fresh off the back of the Berlin microservices conference. Known as the “father of microservices”, Fred started writing code in 1968 and needs no introduction in the microservices world.
He gave attendees a broad view of the microservices concept in action, from deconstructing the database to an analogy based on “rapids, rivers and ponds”, and spoke about Netflix as an example of a live system. You can watch his talk here.
The next Microservices Meetup for Dublin takes place on Tuesday March 31, 2015 in Gilt Groupe offices, Shelbourne Road, Dublin. Registration is open now – sign up here.