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Npm Microservices Libraries

Most Popular Npm Microservices Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
pm2208.62 kBAGPL-3.010 Years15 Mar 2023
micro12.8 kBMIT13 Years26 Nov 2022
pmx54.11 kBMIT9 Years14 Jun 2018
seneca155.4 kBMIT11 Years16 Sep 2023
single-spa309.29 kBMIT8 Years15 Jun 2023
moleculer252.78 kBMIT6 Years6 Aug 2023
cote32.42 kBMIT10 Years16 Aug 2021
claudia84.97 kBMIT7 Years17 Mar 2022
express-gateway72.3 kBApache-2.06 Years29 Apr 2021
micro-compress1.79 kBMIT7 Years22 Sep 2016
typescript-rest154.06 kBMIT7 Years10 Jun 2021
nats-hemera17.39 kBMIT7 Years20 Oct 2019
trails27.6 kBMIT8 Years25 Mar 2018
typescript-rest-swagger59.44 kBMIT6 Years10 Jun 2021
qiankun365.25 kBMIT4 Years25 Aug 2023

When are Microservices Libraries Useful?

Microservices libraries are particularly useful in scenarios where a monolithic application needs to be broken down into multiple, smaller services. This can happen when:

  • The application has grown considerably in size and complexity, making it difficult to manage as a single entity.
  • There are different components or features of the application that need to be scaled independently of the rest.
  • The application needs to be agile and respond quickly to emerging business needs.
  • The development team wants to use different technologies or languages for different parts of the application.
  • The teams are spread across different geographical locations and need to work independently.

By using microservices libraries, developers can create modular services that work together to form a complete application. These services can be developed, deployed, and scaled independently of each other, leading to more efficient and adaptable applications.

What Functionalities do Microservices Libraries Usually Have?

Microservices libraries offer a variety of functionalities that aid in the development of microservices applications:

  • Service Discovery: Microservices libraries might have built-in functionalities to register and discover services within the application environment. This helps services locate each other without hardcoding URLs or ports.
  • Load Balancing: Microservices libraries can have embedded mechanisms to balance the load across different instances of a service, improving reliability and optimizing resource usage.
  • Inter-Service Communication: A microservices library may handle the complexity of communicating between different services, usually through HTTP/REST, messaging queues, or other protocols.
  • Resiliency and Fault Tolerance: Capabilities such as circuit breakers, retries, timeouts, and fallbacks are often part of microservices libraries to prevent service failures from cascading and bringing down the entire application.
  • Monitoring and Tracing: Microservices libraries frequently provide tools to track the health and performance of individual services, and trace requests as they pass through several services.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

While microservices architectures, assisted by microservices libraries, provide numerous benefits, there are also several pitfalls to look out for:

  • Data Management: Microservices often have their own databases, causing challenges in managing shared data. Without carefully designed data schemas, consistency issues can arise.
  • Service Coordination: Having several services executing simultaneously, often in an asynchronous fashion, can lead to a new class of bugs related to timing, ordering, and coordination.
  • Integration Testing: Testing the interactions between a multitude of services is often complex and requires a significant amount of time.
  • Network and Latency: As services communicate with each other over the network, there could be increased latency and chances of network failures.
  • Versioning: Introducing new versions of services can lead to compatibility issues with other services.

Remember, when using npm for managing your JavaScript packages, proper locking of versions (package-lock.json), checking for vulnerabilities (npm audit), and understanding the transient dependencies can help maintain the application's health and security.