## What is service-based architecture? Service-based architecture is a kind of hybrid or middle-ground architecture between microservices and a monolith and is noted as a pragmatic architecture style due to its flexibility. Like a microservice architecture, it is essentially a distributed architecture, but it doesn't come with the cost of or complexity of other distributed architectures. ![[Pasted image 20220922153254.png]] ### What are the differences between microservices, service-oriented, and service-based architectures? > Microservices Architecture and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) are considered service-based architectures Mark Richards, one of the authors who helped coin the term in the book _Fundamentals of Software Architecture: An Engineering Approach_, notes that service-based architectures lie as a **superset** of microservice and service-oriented architectures. The most notable patterns shared between the architectures, service contracts and a reliance on the [[BASE model]] with regard to database transactions. ## Why use a service-based architecture? It is quite arguably a one-size fits a lot of stuff architecture. It is very suitable for projects that contain business requirements a bit too complex to manage (or otherwise accrue technical debt) with a monolith. Likewise, it also doesn't require the level of loose coupling you would typically see in a strict microservice environment. #### References - Fundamentals of Software Architecture: An Engineering Approach—by Mark Richards, Neal Ford - https://microservices.io/ - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microservices - https://nofluffjuststuff.com/magazine/2015/10/the_challenges_of_service_based_architecture --- <!-- cta --> ### Contributing At Dwarves, we encourage our people to read, write, share what we learn with others, and [[CONTRIBUTING|contributing to the Brainery]] is an important part of our learning culture. For visitors, you are welcome to read them, contribute to them, and suggest additions. We maintain a monthly pool of $1500 to reward contributors who support our journey of lifelong growth in knowledge and network. ### Love what we are doing? - Check out our [products](https://superbits.co) - Hire us to [build your software](https://d.foundation) - Join us, [we are also hiring](https://github.com/dwarvesf/WeAreHiring) - Visit our [Discord Learning Site](https://discord.gg/dzNBpNTVEZ) - Visit our [GitHub](https://github.com/dwarvesf)