Microservices are contrasted to a monolith. Single, large application that implement the whole system. Typically hard to understand, develop, test and deploy. Monoliths tend to become a big ball of mud with each component referencing every other. The idea behind microservices is to split your complex system into multiple independent applications. Small and agile. They communicate with each other via APIs but are otherwise highly decoupled. The independence and decoupling has many aspects: deployment, languages and frameworks, storage, organization. Most importantly, each microservice should be self-sufficient to a reasonable degree. Let’s discuss what it means and how often these aspects are violated.
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