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Event Driven Architecture

An event-driven architecture uses events to communicate and coordinate between decoupled services. Applications built using event-driven principles can be highly scalable, resilient, and extensible -...

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Course Code WA3479
Duration 2 days
Available Formats Classroom

An event-driven architecture uses events to communicate and coordinate between decoupled services. Applications built using event-driven principles can be highly scalable, resilient, and extensible - essential qualities for large modern applications. These architectures also align with and take advantage of the capabilities of modern cloud providers. This course gives architects, designers, and software engineers a foundation in event-driven architecture so they can determine when, why, and how to design effective event-driven applications. The course is technology-neutral, so students will be able to understand and apply what they learn regardless of their technology platform. A focus on Kafka exposes students to a popular platform for event-driven architectures. Through illustrations and workshops, students practice what is taught so they can start to design their own event-driven solutions.


This course is aimed at solution architects, software engineers, and developers. Students should have a general knowledge of application architecture or design. Prior experience with RESTful APIs, messaging, or development using asynchronous/multithreaded applications is useful but not required. The course is technology-neutral and does not assume knowledge of any particular development technology. Workshops are paper exercises and do not involve coding.

Course Details


Chapter 1: Introduction to Event-Driven Architectures

  • Event-driven thinking and motivation for event-driven architectures
  • Characteristics of event-driven architectures and high-level parts
  • Benefits, challenges, and use cases
  • Relationship between microservices and event-driven architectures

Chapter 2: The Fundamentals of an Event-Driven Architecture

  • Foundational definitions
  • Event types and the event structures that support them
  • Producers, consumers, and server events
  • Kinds of event consumers - simple, complex, and streaming.

Illustration - UberBeats 0.1

  • Throughout the course an example - the hypothetical UberBeats application - is developed to illustrate the concepts discussed and show in practical terms how each section builds on the previous material.

Workshop 1 - An Event-Driven architecture

  • Working in groups, students develop an event-driven architecture. Workshops present a problem and guide students towards a solution while given groups creative freedom to exercise their understanding of the material and develop their own solutions. Workshops are taken up as a class so groups see different solutions and learn from each other.

Chapter 3: Event Brokers

  • Role of event broker in event-driven architectures
  • Queuing and pub/sub
  • Overview of Kafka.

Chapter 4: Data Schema Management

  • Contracts in event-driven architectures
  • Explicit and implicit contracts, pros and cons
  • Role of a schema in formalizing data format and meaning
  • Data representations - JSON, Protocol Buffers, Avro, and CML
  • Motivation for schema evolution and strategies
  • Principles of event modelling.
  • Illustration - UberBeats 0.2
  • Workshop 2 - Data contracts

Chapter 5: Integration patterns

  • Common integration patterns - change data capture, event sourcing, and Kafka streams
  • The CAP theorem and implications for distributed systems
  • Good practices to manage consistency concerns
  • Managing schema dependency concerns
  • Single and multiple consumers, consumer groups, and Kafka Connect.

Chapter 6: Streaming services

  • Role of streaming services in event-driven architectures
  • Pros, cons, and use cases
  • Components to implement a streaming service
  • Good practices.
  • Illustration - UberBeats 0.3

Chapter 7: Microservices

  • Definition and characteristics of microservices
  • Relationship between microservices and event-driven architectures
  • Integration concerns with services not designed for event-driven architectures.

Chapter 8: Implementing Event-Driven Workflows

  • Definition and characteristics of a workflow
  • Challenges with workflows and long-running transactions
  • Orchestration patterns
  • Role and pros/cons of compensating transactions
  • Good practices.
  • Illustration - UberBeats 0.4

Chapter 9: Event Reprocessing and Deterministic Behaviour

  • Event stream concepts, motivation for event reprocessing (what problems does it solve)
  • Illustrative use cases
  • Requirements - immutability, idempotence
  • Managing changes to history (retroactive events)
  • Challenges and good practices
  • Managing interactions with other systems.