Monolithic vs microservices
Two important architecture types in software development are monolithic and microservice architecture. They are two separate approaches with two significantly different end results. To understand exactly what kind of architecture you want for a software development project and what that will look like, it is key to have a good understanding of these two concepts.
Microservice architecture is a method of building loosely coupled, independently deployable components that eventually make up a complete service. Microservice architecture enables developers to build independent parts of a complete product that won’t conflict or interfere with each other instead of building one monolithic product. Examples are Google and AWS services, Google Docs is a separate service from Google Sheets for example, but they come under the same microservices infrastructure.
Monolithic architecture, on the other hand, is a more traditional approach to software development, in which one static, unified product is created. This product is self-contained with one code base. A monolithic software product is simply a single unit that encompasses the entire program, rather than a network of features.
So, which one is better? And which one should you choose for your project?
Let’s compare and contrast.