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A cure for complexity in software development

December 6, 2021

I recently read Scott Carey’s great InfoWorld article that focuses on application complexity as an agent for reducing developer productivity and livelihood.

The article has some great ideas, including focusing on reining in complexity by using standardized third-party services and other techniques. This is a strategy that I agree has value to many organizations.

However, the article also states that microservice architectures are more complex than the equivalently functional application in a monolithic architecture, and uses this in furthering the cause that “complexity kills.” I disagree with this assessment.

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