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Frontend Monoliths

Author: Natalia Venditto

Date First Published: Wed Jan 04 2023

Where do some of the problems come from? The monolith.

Web applications have for many years been built as a three tier or three layers architecture system. The frontend (UI), the backend (business logic) and the data layer (data access and storage).

When I talk about this at conferences, I like to reference additional layers: the infrastructure layer, or the supporting foundation to all, and breaking down the databases layer into data storage and data access.

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Some of the problems that arise from tightly coupled applications are:

  • Slow time to value
  • Inability to introduce innovation
  • Interdependency
  • Technical debt and bloat
  • Runtime performance degradation

It comes to a point where maintaining and further developing a monolith that serves multiple business units, becomes a slow process, and it becomes increasingly difficult to introduce new features and innovations.