GOTO Amsterdam (June 17-19, 2015) is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 50 top speakers and 500 attendees. The conference covers topics such as AngularJS, Disruption, Docker, Drones, Elasticsearch, Hadoop, Microservices & Scrum.

Stephen Judd, Systems Architecture Expert

Stephen Judd

Biography: Stephen Judd

Stephen Judd is a Principal Consultant specialising in Systems Architecture, with a focus on Open Source products and frameworks. He has considerable experience in leading and mentoring software development teams delivering pragmatic and innovative front and back-end applications.

He has a wide range of industry experience including the Telecoms, Retail, Financial and Government sectors. Currently he is taking a keen interest in the maturing Javascript frameworks domain.

Presentation: Things I wish I'd known before I started with Microservices

Track: Microservices / Time: Thursday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Effectenbeurszaal

A pragmatic guide

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to building microservices. While a number of common aspirations, goals and techniques have been recognised across different microservices initiatives, the variation in implementation techniques and approaches is substantial. This includes things such as which platform to build the system on, and which tools and frameworks to use. In such a context, essential questions about this architectural style, including whether it is fit for purpose for a particular problem, are more often than not difficult to answer.

Having worked on a number of microservices implementations, large and small, we have recognised recurring patterns and challenges; these we have distilled into a set of pragmatic questions and concerns that developers might face in a similar context. In this presentation we would like to discuss the practical aspects of these questions, illustrated with examples from our own work.

Some of the questions we will be covering include:


  • What's the big deal?
  • Monoliths: friend or foe?


  • Does size matter?
  • Contracts: do we really need to involve legal?


  • Things I wish I'd known before I started
  • Gotchas and anti-patterns