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Is your tool belt fully equipped for microservice development? Read on to find out!

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Record growth in microservices is disrupting the operational landscape. Read the Global Microservices Trends report to learn more.

This post is taken from the Key Research Findings in the 2018 DZone Guide to Microservices: Speed, Agility, Flexibility


For the 2018 DZone Guide to Microservices, we surveyed developers, architects, and technologists from across the software and IT industry. We received 682 responses with a 79% completion rate. Based on these responses, we've written a quick article on the popular tools for microservices development, management, and more.

The Microservices Tool Belt 

Given that 82% of respondents said they felt Java was one of the languages that best supports microservices, it comes as no surprise that Spring Boot (57%) and Java EE (22%) were the two most used frameworks/tools reported for building microservices. The platforms used to manage microservices once built, however, had a more even spread. 32% of those who use microservices management platforms told us they use Istio, 18% use Kong, 17% use Conduit, and 13% used Linkerd.

Looking at the data for communication protocols, three main choices emerged: HTTP (84%); Apache Kafka (25%); RabbitMQ (22%). If we compare this data to the four largest programming language ecosystems reported by respondents (Java, JavaScript, Python, and Node.js), we find that HTTP remains the first choice for communication protocols among a large majority of respondents. Here’s a breakdown of HTTP users per ecosystem: 84% Java; 86% Node.js; 85% JavaScript; 84% Python. Apache Kafka proved more popular among Python ecosystem developers than anyone else, with a 33% adoption rate. Similarly, RabbitMQ saw a 30% adoption rate among Node.js ecosystem developers, an 8% increase over the general survey population.

For the environments used to build, host, and deploy their microservices-based applications, over half of respondents (70%) use containers. Container technology factored in heavily in development, with 27% of respondents using containers only in the development stage and 35% using containers in both development and production. Among this group of survey takers doing microservice development in containerized environments, 51% use Kubernetes as their container orchestration tool. To delve deeper into the topics of containerization and container orchestration, head over to the DZone Guide to Containers: Development and Management. 

Conclusion: Are These Tools Worth the Trouble? 

Even with all these statistics, developers still appear split on the usefulness of tools and frameworks for microservices development. 60% of respondents told us they feel that tools and frameworks have provided sufficient best practices for working with microservices, with 40% feeling there is still work to be done on this front.

This post is taken from the Key Research Findings in the 2018 DZone Guide to Microservices: Speed, Agility, Flexibility

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