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Imagine if each 'package' in our code acted as an independent Microservice. Consider the classic grep.h from UNIX as an example – a distinct unit with a unique function. What if we expand this idea, transforming our packages into microservices?

Under this innovative approach, a 'package' would transcend its traditional role. Instead of merely being a collection of functions or a library, it would assume the identity of a Microservice, albeit without an inherent transport layer. This means each package, akin to grep.h, becomes a self-contained service with its own API and data management, yet initially, it operates without dedicated transport mechanisms like HTTP or MQ.

This perspective shift is not just semantic. It revolutionizes how we construct software, especially monolithic applications. A monolith could be envisioned as a composite of numerous microservices (packages), each responsible for a distinct aspect of the application. This modular approach enhances scalability and maintainability, as each microservice (package) can be developed, tested, and deployed independently.

This restructuring blurs the traditional distinction between monolithic and microservice architectures. It suggests a hybrid model where a monolith is built from numerous microservices, each packaged as a standalone unit but working cohesively within a larger system.

Could this be a stepping stone towards more modular and maintainable monolithic architectures?

what do You think?

tiny example:

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