Monday, April 25, 2016

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: Closing thoughts

...and this post, is the final one, in the series of posts on Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework. It is a summary of my thoughts on CQRS as a pattern and the Axon framework as a tool used in achieving this pattern. If per chance you have not read the other posts in the series, I will recommend starting from the very first post: Exploring CQRS Architecture with Axon Framework: Introduction

That said, I proceed into the details of this post.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: Overview of the Testing infrastructure

After a long break, I am finally getting around to picking up on the series: exploring CQRS with Axon Framwork. This post, which is on testing, is one of the two remaining posts left to wrap up the series. The aim is to follow it up, as quickly as possible, with the concluding post.

If you have not been following the series, I would advice to give the other posts a read before continuing with this post. You can start here: Exploring CQRS Architecture with Axon Framework: Introduction

As already mentioned, this post looks at the infrastructure the Axon Framework provides for testing. Just like the other posts in the series, it is accompanied by the exploringCQRSwithAxon project on Github. The Application is a trivial one, meant to further illustrates the content of the posts.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: Applying Event Sourcing

This post is part of the series of post on exploring CQRS architecture using Axon Framework. It looks into combining event sourcing within CQRS using Axon Framework.

The previous posts in this series has explored the various components of a CQRS application and in Introducing Domain Events and Event Handling, we are able to put everything together. We did all that without bringing in event sourcing, showing that it is possible to have a CQRS architecture easily without introducing event sourcing. But in this post, we do just that: introduce event sourcing.

There is a project on Github (exploringCQRSwithAxon) that accompanies these series of posts. It is a trivial application where we can perform debiting, crediting and transferring of money between two dummy accounts. The code in the project is meant to help illustrate the application of the Axon framework to building CQRS application.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: Introducing Domain Events and Event Handling

This is a post in a series of posts that explores the CQRS architecture with Axon Framework. It is recommended to read the previous posts in this series before going ahead with this one, as that would help in forming a thread of continuity around the topic being discussed. You can start from Exploring CQRS Architecture with Axon Framework: Introduction

There is a Github project (exploringCQRSwithAxon) that contains a simple application that accompanies the posts in this series. it is an illustrative application that allows debiting, crediting and transferring money between two fictitious accounts. It is obvious a trivial application, which is on purpose. It’s aim is not to capture any complex domain but to help illustrates the various components of a CQRS architecture and how the Axon Framework can be used to build these various components.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: Building the Entity, Aggregate, Aggregate Root and Repository Components

The previous post provided a basic explanation of Entity, Aggregate, Aggregate Root, Repository and Domain Events which are some of the building blocks in Domain Driven Design. This post looks at using Axon Framework to create some of these building blocks.

In Exploring the Commands, Command Bus and Command Handler, we looked at the command handling aspect of CQRS using Axon, where we had commands created, that were dispatched into a command bus via a command gateway which were then subsequently handled by their respective command handlers.

But in that post, all what the command handlers did was to print to the console. In real life applications, you would want the commands to lead to some business logic being executed, which might lead to state change in the application.

Achieving that, is what we look into in this post.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: Overview of Some DDD Concepts

In Exploring the Commands, Command Bus and Command Handler, we looked at the command handling aspect of CQRS using Axon. We created commands that were dispatched into a command bus via a command gateway, which were then subsequently handled by their respective command handlers.

But in that post, all the command handlers did was to print to the console. In real life applications, you would want the commands to lead to state change within your application. Achieving this is what we look into next, but for us to do that, we would first need to explore some concepts that stem from the Domain Driven Design world. Namely Entities, Aggregates, Aggregate Roots, Repositories and Domain Events.

At this junction, it is worth mentioning that concepts and ideas from DDD always pop up in a typical CQRS discussion...this post and others in the series are not an exception, therefore, at least a basic understanding of these DDD concepts will be beneficiary.

This post will provide a quick overview of the relevant DDD concepts without touching on Axon Framework, while the next post will look at how Axon is used for their implementation.

That been said, let us quickly have an overview of the relevant DDD concepts that we will be needing in our exploration of CQRS with the Axon Framework.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Exploring CQRS with Axon Framework: The Command, Command Bus and Command Handling Components

In this post we look at how to use Axon Framework to build out the command handling parts in a CQRS application.

It is part of a series of post that explores CQRS with Axon Framework.

As stated in the introductory post, these series of post is accompanied by the exploringCQRSwithAxon  project on Github. The project is a trivial application that simulates two bank accounts. It will support debiting, crediting and transfer between these two accounts. It is intended to help illustrate the features discussed as we explore how Axon Framework can be used to build application following CQRS stipulations.

The sample application is built with Axon Framework and Spring Boot. It uses the 2.4.1 version of Axon Framework, as you will notice in the Pom.xml

<dependency>
   <groupId>org.axonframework</groupId>
   <artifactId>axon-core</artifactId>
   <version>2.4.1</version>
  </dependency>
  <dependency>
   <groupId>org.axonframework</groupId>
   <artifactId>axon-test</artifactId>
   <version>2.4.1</version>
   <scope>test</scope>
  </dependency>

For the purpose of this series we would be using only the axon-core and axon-test modules.