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Microservices.io is brought to you by Chris Richardson. Experienced software architect, author of POJOs in Action, the creator of the original CloudFoundry.com, and the author of Microservices patterns.

Chris helps clients around the world adopt the microservice architecture through consulting engagements, and training classes and workshops.

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LEARN about microservices

Chris offers numerous resources for learning the microservice architecture.

Training classes

Chris teaches comprehensive workshops and training classes for executives, architectures and developers to help your organization use microservices effectively. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of adopting microservices and learn essential topics, such as service decomposition and design and Kubernetes.

Get the book: Microservice patterns

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Example microservices applications

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BUILD microservices

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Consulting services

Engage Chris to create a microservices adoption roadmap and help you define your microservice architecture,

The Eventuate platform

Use the Eventuate.io platform to tackle distributed data management challenges in your microservices architecture.

Eventuate is Chris's latest startup. It makes it easy to use the Saga pattern to manage transactions and the CQRS pattern to implement queries.

ASSESS your architecture

Assess your application's microservice architecture and identify what needs to be improved.

Consulting services

Engage Chris to conduct an architectural assessment.

Self assessment

Alternatively, conduct a self-assessment using the Microservices Assessment Platform.

Join the microservices google group

Potholes in the road from monolithic hell: Microservices adoption anti-patterns

Last week, I had the pleasure of giving a keynote at O’Reilly’s excellent software architecture conference in London. The talk covers several anti-patterns of microservices adoption that I’ve observed while working with clients around the world.

The anti-patterns

The anti-patterns are:

  • Magic pixie dust - believing that microservices will cure all of your development woes
  • Microservices as the goal - focussing on adopting microservices rather than improving the velocity and reliability of software delivery
  • Scattershot adoption - numerous groups with an organization adopt microservices and implement supporting infrastructure without any coordination
  • Trying to fly before you can walk - attempting to adopt microservices while lacking key development skills such as automated testing and the ability to write clean code
  • Focussing on technology - focussing on cool (deployment) technology rather than the essence of the microservice architecture: service decomposition and definition
  • The more the merrier - developing an excessively fine-grained architecture
  • Red flag law - keeping in place policies and processes that obstruct rapid, frequent and reliably software delivery.


Chris Richardson details several anti-patterns of microservices adoption that he’s observed while working with clients around the world. You’ll learn the challenges that enterprises often face and how to overcome them as well as how to avoid the potholes when escaping monolithic hell.

OReilly SACON London: Potholes in the road from monolithic hell: Microservices adoption anti-patterns from Chris Richardson


Here is the video.

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