"Monoliths for Micro-frontends" -- why old architectures lobby for modern web apps

Micro-frontends are the rage. I suppose the microservices movement just had to breach the firewall and conquer the frontend frontier. That's all good by me: if small is in, count me in!

However, is this the only appropriate use of micro-frontends? If you don't have microservices yet, how might you get started with micro-frontends.Or do you need to be even taller to use micro-frontends than you had to be to use microservices?

Before you inject growth hormones into your architecture (or your physique), give me 45 minutes of your time. I may be able to convince you that micro-frontends make just as much sense with legacy, monolothic backends as they do with sleek, svelte microservices.


Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

1. Intro

2. Applications in a microcosm

a. Independent domain

b. Independent data storage

c. Independent development

d. Independent deployment, scaling, monitoring, maintenance, retirement ... you get the drift

3. Micro-frontends

a. What are they

b. How are they different from traditional frontends

4. The monolith dilemma

a. Vast domain

b. Coupled data storage

c. Intertwined development

d. Intensely choreographed deployment, no horizontal scaling, superficial monitoring, no retirement (not counting "dishonorable discharge")

5. Grafting micro-frontends on top of legacy monoliths

a. Sequestered development

b. Decreased volatility of legacy code

c. Potential path towards an "honorable discharge" for the monolity

6. Unanswered questions

a. Could this spawn a hydra-architecture?

b. How about team cadence?

c. And system-integration testing?

Conclusion and Q/A

Learning Outcome

At the end of this session, attendees ought to be able to:

1. Understand the benefits and applicability of micro-frontends

2. Articulate how micro-frontends may prolong the life of a legacy monolith

3. Ask the deep questions that are necessary to validate such an architectural approach.

Target Audience

Software developers, software architects

Prerequisites for Attendees

An awareness of microservices architecture

An awareness of front-end technologies

Familiarity with the challenges of sustaining and supporting legacy backend systems

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