Web Components can be reused with each framework and dynamically adding new Web Components to a page is just a matter of creating DOM nodes. In this post, I'm using this idea to build a dynamic dashboard. [Mehr]
One approach for creating SPA-based clients for microservice environments is loading several Web Components into a page. Using an example, this post shows one way to implement this idea. For this, it leverages Angular Elements which allows to compile Web Components out of Angular projects. [Mehr]
People ask me on regular basis how to use SPAs, esp. Angular-based ones, in a microservice-based environment. The need for such microfrontends is no surprise, as microservices are quite popular nowadays. The underlying idea of microservices is quite simple: Create several tiny applications -- so called microservices -- instead of one big monolytic applications. This leads for instance (but not only) to smaller teams (per microservice) that can make decisions faster and chose for the "best" technology that suites their needs.
But when we want to use several microservices that form a bigger software system in the browser, we need a way to load them side by side and to isolate them from each other so that they cannot interact in an unplanned manner. The fact that each team can use different frameworks in different versions brings additional complexity into play.
Fortunately, there are several approaches for this. Unfortunately, no approach is perfect -- each of them has it's own pros and cons.
To decide for one, a software architect would evaluate those so called architectural candidates against the architectural goals given for the software system in question. Typical (but not the only) goals for SPAs in microservice-based environments are shown in the next section. [Mehr]
Even though the word iframe causes bad feelings for most web devs, it turns out that using them for loading SPAs in a micro service based environment -- aka micro frontends -- is a good choice. For instance, they allow for a perfect isolation between clients and for a separate deployment. Because of the isolation they also allow using different SPA frameworks. Besides iframes, there are other approaches to use SPAs in micro service architectures -- of course, each of them has their own pros and cons. [Mehr]