Advantages of Polylith

What makes Polylith so simple, fast and fun to work with?

Let's compare Polylith with the three architectures we looked at earlier.

Polylith services can be deployed as a single artefact (like a Monolith), as multiple artefacts collaborating in a system (like Microservices) or as Lambda functions in a Serverless architecture.

Development experience

Polylith's single development environment allows us to work with all of our building blocks in one place. This disconnects our development experience from our chosen deployment architecture.

Untangling development from deployment allows us to delay our deployment decisions until the last possible moment. This delay allows us to avoid "premature distribution" and keeps our systems as simple as possible, for as long as possible.

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Explanation

Debugging

All the code in a Polylith development environment can run within a single REPL, giving you a first-class REPL-driven development and debugging experience.

Fast feedback

The Polylith Tool keeps track of which bases and components have changed since the last successful test or build and only compiles and tests those. This gives us lightning fast feedback both in our local development environment and when we build and deploy in our Continuous Integration environment.

Refactoring

Component interfaces are connected to their implementation with simple fuction calls. This means that we can safely refactor interfaces with our IDE/code editor.

Reusability

Components are inherently reusable because they are encapsulated, stateless and composable. They can be reused within a single service and across multiple services.

Simplicity

Polylith building blocks are just code; a collection of functions behind an interface. Interfaces guarantee encapsulation, which ensures our codebase remains untangled, leading to simpler services.

Testability

The encapsulated and functional nature of components makes them easy to test in isolation, and as complete services.

Production

Not only does Polylith allow us to delay our deployment decisions, it also allows us to easily change our deployment architecture, when the need arises. That's because Polylith makes it easy to recombine our components into any number of services and deploy them to meet our performance needs.

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Explanation

Cost

Polylith allows us to avoid making premature design decisions about the distribution of our solution. This allows us to avoid "premature distribution", which reduces deployment complexity and lowers operational costs.

Deployment

The Polylith Tool makes the build and deployment process simple and seamless, both locally and in our CI (Continuous Integration) environment.

Scalability

When a Polylith service isn't achieving the performance/scalability we need, then Polylith makes it easy to create new services and scale our system horizontally. We can reuse existing components within each new service.

Seeing all these green traffic lights for Polylith probably looks too good to be true. The best way to find out is to try Polylith for yourself!