January 20: Building a service-oriented architecture

How to build a service-oriented architecture where all services are available and well documented so that anybody could use them.

Source: Invent and Wander (page 210)
Published: November 2020

Building a service-oriented architecture

“At Amazon, we were building data centers for ourselves. We saw it was a tremendous waste of effort between our applications engineers and our networking engineers.

We said, ‘Look, what we can do is develop a set of hardened application program interfaces—APIs—that allow these two groups, the applications engineers and the networking engineers, to have roadmap meetings instead of these fine-grained meetings.’

We wanted to build in a service-oriented architecture, where all of our services were available in hardened APIs that were well documented enough that anybody could use them.”

- Jeff Bezos

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