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Today, SOA is generally viewed as a failed movement within enterprise IT and the wounds are still fresh for the many people who invested in it. This is why there is so much passionate interest in comparing microservices with SOA. People see a similar promise in microservices and they fear a similar disappointment. In order to understand the context of the microservices-versus-SOA debate, it is important to retrace the history of the SOA movement: what fueled its momentum and what ultimately sent it off track.
The lack of common concepts and axioms is holding the software engineering industry back. This blog post explores the need for a common distributed systems vocabulary to help with that problem.
Matt McLarty on Aug 10, 2018