Microxchg Special: Seneca Node JS μServices Framework and Docker Orchestration

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On Wednesday the 11. February we are inviting all interested to join a talk about Seneca by Richard Roger CTO from nearform.com (https://giantswarm.io/) and and a second talk about Docker Orchestration by Peter Rossbach from bee42 (http://www.bee42.com).

We assemble at 18:30 pm and the talk "Seneca a Node JS Microservices Framework" starts at 19:00 pm until 20:00 pm and our second talk "Docker Container Orchestration for microservices" starts at 20:15 pm until 21:15 pm.

Afterwards we are looking forward to discussions and socializing while enjoying food and cold beverages.


Are large-scale Node.js systems possible? Empirically, the answer is yes. Walmart (https://twitter.com/eranhammer/status/407784258170667009) and Paypal (http://www.nearform.com/nodecrunch/release-the-kracken-how-paypal-is-being-revolutionized-by-node-js-and-lean-ux) 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 things are often found to be exceptionally productive, precisely because brilliant minds self-select for the new and interesting.

So let’s rephrase the question. Are large-scale Node.js systems possible with mainstream developers? If you believe that these large-scale Node.js systems will resemble the large-scale Java and .Net systems you have known and loved, then the answer is, emphatically, no. JavaScript is far too weak a language to support the complexity inherent in systems of such scale. It’s not exactly type-safe, and half the language is unusable. There’s a reason the best-selling book on the language is called JavaScript, The Good Parts.

Despite this, we’ve managed to build quite a few large-scale systems at my company, nearForm. Here’s what we’ve learned, and how we do it.


Richard is the co-founder and technology thought leader behind nearForm. A rare combination of successful entrepreneur & author he wrote the book on node and is part of a small cohort that are changing the nature of enterprise builds worldwide.

Richard is the author of "Mobile Application Development in the Cloud", Wiley, 2011 and creator of nodezoo.com a search engine for Node.js modules.

Twitter: @rjrodger (https://twitter.com/rjrodger)


This presentation gives an overview of the technical solutions for the orchestration of Docker based services and why it is so important for you, to rethink your IT. To create,to maintain and to modify many machines and containers on your developer notebook , in the data center or the cloud is a challenge. Our microservices are constantly being expanded and adapted to different use cases . The Docker ecosystem offers here promising tools for service discovering, automatic scaling, failover and deployment. The talk presents the practical benefits of the latest Docker projects, „machine", „ swarm“, „network" and „compose“.


Peter is a infracoder, system architect and coach of numerous web systems. His special interest is in the development of complex information systems, including the design and implementation of test-driven processes. Since 1997 Peter Rossbach is active in HTTP server and web container. He is a committer on the Apache Tomcat project and member of the Apache Software Foundation. His special interest is the design of provisioning, monitoring and analysis systems for complex infrastructures. With the bee42 solutions GmbH he realized appropriate infrastructure products and offer training based on the Docker ecosystem current web technologies, NoSQL databases and cloud platforms.

Twitter: @prossbach (https://twitter.com/prossbach)