Author Archives: Richard Rodger

The Tao of Microservices

My book on the microservice architecture is in early release! This book is based on five years of building microservice systems, of all shapes and sizes. It is a comprehensive guide to using the architecture based on practical experience. I’ve … Continue reading

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Seneca, A Microservices framework for Node.js

The release of Seneca 1.0 represents 5 years of open source evolution, and not a little blood, sweat and tears. The thing I am most happy about is the fact that I did not do the release – Wyatt had … Continue reading

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Monolithic Node.js

Are large-scale Node.js systems possible? Empirically, the answer is yes. Walmart and Paypal have both shown that it can be done. The quick criticism is that you need 10X engineers. This a classic, and well-founded criticism. New ways of doing … Continue reading

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How to Make Simple Node.js Modules Work in the Browser

Node.js is all about writing small, simple modules that do one thing, and do it well. This can be taken to extremes by crazy people. There’s even a module for multi-line strings! Some people can’t resist writing frameworks either. This … Continue reading

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Introducing, a search engine for Node.js modules

I made a bet on a new programming platform 3 years ago, and it paid off. Every line of code that has earned me money since then has been run by Node.js. In case you missed it, Node.js is the … Continue reading

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Why I Have Given Up on Coding Standards

Every developer knows you should have a one, exact, coding standard in your company. Every developer also knows you have to fight to get your rules into the company standard. Every developer secretly despairs when starting a new job, afraid … Continue reading

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Introducing the Parambulator module for validating “options” objects in Node.js

If you’ve used any Node.js modules at all, you’ll have noticed a common pattern with configuration. Many modules provide complex functionality that you can control by providing a JavaScript object with a bunch of named options, possibly with sub options. … Continue reading

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Node.js – How to Write a For Loop With Callbacks

Let’s say you have 10 files that you need to upload to your web server. 10 very large files. You need to write an upload script because it needs to be an automated process that happens every day. You’ve decided … Continue reading

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The JavaScript Disruption

The mainstream programming language for the next ten years will be JavaScript. Once considered a toy language useful only for checking form fields on web pages, JavaScript will come to dominate software development. Why this language and why now? What … Continue reading

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Node.js – Dealing with submitted HTTP request data when you have to make a database call first

Node’s asynchronous events are fantastic, but they can have a sting in the tail. Here’s a solution to something that you’ll probably run into at some point. If you have a HTTP endpoint that accepts JSON, XML, or even a … Continue reading

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