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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.
A Polylith project can be deployed as any artifact, like a service, tool or library. The most common usage is to deploy them as different kinds of services, which is what we will show in this example.

Development

Polylith's single development project 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.
Advantage
Explanation
Cost
The simplicity, clarity, and maintainability of Polylith codebases, combined with its frictionless development experience, greatly increases team effectiveness which substantially reduces development cost.
Debugging
All the code in a Polylith development project can run within a single REPL, giving us 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 stable point in time and only 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
Components and bases are connected to components with simple function calls. This means that we can safely refactor the code with our editor/IDE.
Reusability
Components are inherently reusable because they are encapsulated, stateless and composable. They can be reused within a single service and across multiple services (and other artifacts).
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.
Advantage
Explanation
Cost
Because Polylith allows us to keep our deployment architecture as simple as posslible as long as possible, it reduces costs by reducing the number of services we need to run in our test, staging, and production environments.
Deployment
The Polylith Tool makes the build and deployment process simple and seamless, both locally and in our 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!
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