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How can you prevent Conway’s Law from leading to vulnerabilities & bloat when distributing component responsibilities across a large organisation? David and his team created a distributed live-build system to implement a Components-as-a-Service platform for a company with 15000+ employees and sales of over $50B pa.
The distributed management of frontend components, from version control to component-level a/b testing to distributed state strategy to scenario-aware component mutation all requires intensive communication between teams; usually resulting in monotonous error-prone maintenance tasks.
One common way organisations attempt to mitigate the communication overhead is to deploy view services that serve HTML to iframes. This embraces a Continuous Deployment strategy and allows for autonomy in individual teams. It tends to result in bloat through duplication, complex inefficient approaches to intra-component communication, poor rendering performance, intensive resource usage on user devices and a high risk of potential security issues resulting from human error and misunderstanding.
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David Mark Clements is a Principal Architect, fullstack/React and Node.js performance specialist and the author of Node Cookbook. He is currently serving as Principal Architect with NearForm.