Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shock absorber

Listened to an interesting interview on se-radio with Michael Nygard. Great interview where Michael explains his focus on IT systems in production. The title of his book says it all: "Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software".

One of the nice quotes during the interview was "messaging middleware" as the "shock absorber" between IT systems. Indeed, the stength of queueing is the option to pile up messages while a system is heavily loaded or temporarily unavailalbe. The use of asynchronous communication also leads to applications that are fully aware about time-outs that may occur.

Triggered by the interview, I started reading the book. Well written, with at the beginning of each part a real-life "story". Recommended book!

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