Dylan  Iqbal

Dylan Iqbal

1627372614

Asynchronous Event Handling Using Microservices and Kafka

Anytime you have a dependency on a third-party tool/application, one of the most common questions an engineer asks themselves is how can I integrate with this tool/application from my local development environment. Being able to integrate with these things locally reduces the feedback loop making development easier and more cost effective. In this session, Brian Mericle shows a few different ways to get Kafka up and running on your local machine and will also show how to interact with Kafka from the command-line.

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Asynchronous Event Handling Using Microservices and Kafka
Dylan  Iqbal

Dylan Iqbal

1627372614

Asynchronous Event Handling Using Microservices and Kafka

Anytime you have a dependency on a third-party tool/application, one of the most common questions an engineer asks themselves is how can I integrate with this tool/application from my local development environment. Being able to integrate with these things locally reduces the feedback loop making development easier and more cost effective. In this session, Brian Mericle shows a few different ways to get Kafka up and running on your local machine and will also show how to interact with Kafka from the command-line.

#kafka #microservices 

studio52 dubai

studio52 dubai

1621850716

7 Tips for a Successful Live Event Coverage - Studio 52

Live events have been a growing trend in the events industry this past year, offering many businesses a much-needed lifeline. Read on for our simple tips to planning your virtual event

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Why Use WordPress? What Can You Do With WordPress?

Can you use WordPress for anything other than blogging? To your surprise, yes. WordPress is more than just a blogging tool, and it has helped thousands of websites and web applications to thrive. The use of WordPress powers around 40% of online projects, and today in our blog, we would visit some amazing uses of WordPress other than blogging.
What Is The Use Of WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world. It is the first choice of businesses that want to set a feature-rich and dynamic Content Management System. So, if you ask what WordPress is used for, the answer is – everything. It is a super-flexible, feature-rich and secure platform that offers everything to build unique websites and applications. Let’s start knowing them:

1. Multiple Websites Under A Single Installation
WordPress Multisite allows you to develop multiple sites from a single WordPress installation. You can download WordPress and start building websites you want to launch under a single server. Literally speaking, you can handle hundreds of sites from one single dashboard, which now needs applause.
It is a highly efficient platform that allows you to easily run several websites under the same login credentials. One of the best things about WordPress is the themes it has to offer. You can simply download them and plugin for various sites and save space on sites without losing their speed.

2. WordPress Social Network
WordPress can be used for high-end projects such as Social Media Network. If you don’t have the money and patience to hire a coder and invest months in building a feature-rich social media site, go for WordPress. It is one of the most amazing uses of WordPress. Its stunning CMS is unbeatable. And you can build sites as good as Facebook or Reddit etc. It can just make the process a lot easier.
To set up a social media network, you would have to download a WordPress Plugin called BuddyPress. It would allow you to connect a community page with ease and would provide all the necessary features of a community or social media. It has direct messaging, activity stream, user groups, extended profiles, and so much more. You just have to download and configure it.
If BuddyPress doesn’t meet all your needs, don’t give up on your dreams. You can try out WP Symposium or PeepSo. There are also several themes you can use to build a social network.

3. Create A Forum For Your Brand’s Community
Communities are very important for your business. They help you stay in constant connection with your users and consumers. And allow you to turn them into a loyal customer base. Meanwhile, there are many good technologies that can be used for building a community page – the good old WordPress is still the best.
It is the best community development technology. If you want to build your online community, you need to consider all the amazing features you get with WordPress. Plugins such as BB Press is an open-source, template-driven PHP/ MySQL forum software. It is very simple and doesn’t hamper the experience of the website.
Other tools such as wpFoRo and Asgaros Forum are equally good for creating a community blog. They are lightweight tools that are easy to manage and integrate with your WordPress site easily. However, there is only one tiny problem; you need to have some technical knowledge to build a WordPress Community blog page.

4. Shortcodes
Since we gave you a problem in the previous section, we would also give you a perfect solution for it. You might not know to code, but you have shortcodes. Shortcodes help you execute functions without having to code. It is an easy way to build an amazing website, add new features, customize plugins easily. They are short lines of code, and rather than memorizing multiple lines; you can have zero technical knowledge and start building a feature-rich website or application.
There are also plugins like Shortcoder, Shortcodes Ultimate, and the Basics available on WordPress that can be used, and you would not even have to remember the shortcodes.

5. Build Online Stores
If you still think about why to use WordPress, use it to build an online store. You can start selling your goods online and start selling. It is an affordable technology that helps you build a feature-rich eCommerce store with WordPress.
WooCommerce is an extension of WordPress and is one of the most used eCommerce solutions. WooCommerce holds a 28% share of the global market and is one of the best ways to set up an online store. It allows you to build user-friendly and professional online stores and has thousands of free and paid extensions. Moreover as an open-source platform, and you don’t have to pay for the license.
Apart from WooCommerce, there are Easy Digital Downloads, iThemes Exchange, Shopify eCommerce plugin, and so much more available.

6. Security Features
WordPress takes security very seriously. It offers tons of external solutions that help you in safeguarding your WordPress site. While there is no way to ensure 100% security, it provides regular updates with security patches and provides several plugins to help with backups, two-factor authorization, and more.
By choosing hosting providers like WP Engine, you can improve the security of the website. It helps in threat detection, manage patching and updates, and internal security audits for the customers, and so much more.

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Norbert  Ernser

Norbert Ernser

1595299439

Event-driven microservices with Apache Kafka

Some of the main challenges that monolith applications face are having low availability and handling service disruptions. This is where the use of Apache Kafka for asynchronous communication between microservices can help you avoid bottlenecks that monolithic architectures with relational databases would likely run into.

With Kafka, not only do you get high availability, but outages are less of a concern and failures are handled gracefully with minimal service interruption. The key here is Kafka’s ability to retain data for a configured amount of time. This gives you the option to rewind and replay events as needed.

So what is an event?

Let’s take a page out of the English dictionary. By definition, an event is a thing that happens at a given time especially if it’s of some importance. If we bring it to the software side of things we can say that events are things that happen, within a software system or, more broadly, during the operation of a business or other human process that interacts with a system. An event-driven application is one that is organized around reacting to these events. Examples of events might include:

  • A new user requesting login credentials.
  • A shopping customer arriving at check out.
  • Your pizza delivery getting to your front door.
  • An email reaching the recipient.
  • Video playback on request.

When such an event takes place, there will be a corresponding action or process that is initiated in response. The corresponding response doesn’t have to be an action but can be as simple as just logging the event alone.

It should come as no surprise that the way we see events in software systems is no different from how we perceive events in our daily lives.

This means that while events can take any shape or form, there is no fixed guide on how they should be built. What matters is how events are handled is based on the specific type of architecture used.

There are a lot of advantages to designing applications in this way. From a business perspective, it makes the development of systems fall more in line with real-world processes. There is also the added advantage of being able to insert new events into the system as needed. A quick example of this would be if a user is required to agree to a certain term before a purchase can go through instead of just completing the checkout in one go due to updated regulations.

#kafka #microservices #apache-kafka #cloud #software-engineering

Einar  Hintz

Einar Hintz

1599055326

Testing Microservices Applications

The shift towards microservices and modular applications makes testing more important and more challenging at the same time. You have to make sure that the microservices running in containers perform well and as intended, but you can no longer rely on conventional testing strategies to get the job done.

This is where new testing approaches are needed. Testing your microservices applications require the right approach, a suitable set of tools, and immense attention to details. This article will guide you through the process of testing your microservices and talk about the challenges you will have to overcome along the way. Let’s get started, shall we?

A Brave New World

Traditionally, testing a monolith application meant configuring a test environment and setting up all of the application components in a way that matched the production environment. It took time to set up the testing environment, and there were a lot of complexities around the process.

Testing also requires the application to run in full. It is not possible to test monolith apps on a per-component basis, mainly because there is usually a base code that ties everything together, and the app is designed to run as a complete app to work properly.

Microservices running in containers offer one particular advantage: universal compatibility. You don’t have to match the testing environment with the deployment architecture exactly, and you can get away with testing individual components rather than the full app in some situations.

Of course, you will have to embrace the new cloud-native approach across the pipeline. Rather than creating critical dependencies between microservices, you need to treat each one as a semi-independent module.

The only monolith or centralized portion of the application is the database, but this too is an easy challenge to overcome. As long as you have a persistent database running on your test environment, you can perform tests at any time.

Keep in mind that there are additional things to focus on when testing microservices.

  • Microservices rely on network communications to talk to each other, so network reliability and requirements must be part of the testing.
  • Automation and infrastructure elements are now added as codes, and you have to make sure that they also run properly when microservices are pushed through the pipeline
  • While containerization is universal, you still have to pay attention to specific dependencies and create a testing strategy that allows for those dependencies to be included

Test containers are the method of choice for many developers. Unlike monolith apps, which lets you use stubs and mocks for testing, microservices need to be tested in test containers. Many CI/CD pipelines actually integrate production microservices as part of the testing process.

Contract Testing as an Approach

As mentioned before, there are many ways to test microservices effectively, but the one approach that developers now use reliably is contract testing. Loosely coupled microservices can be tested in an effective and efficient way using contract testing, mainly because this testing approach focuses on contracts; in other words, it focuses on how components or microservices communicate with each other.

Syntax and semantics construct how components communicate with each other. By defining syntax and semantics in a standardized way and testing microservices based on their ability to generate the right message formats and meet behavioral expectations, you can rest assured knowing that the microservices will behave as intended when deployed.

#testing #software testing #test automation #microservice architecture #microservice #test #software test automation #microservice best practices #microservice deployment #microservice components