Event-Driven Architecture

This post is part of The Software Architecture Chronicles, a series of posts about Software Architecture. In them, I write about what I’ve learned on Software Architecture, how I think of it, and how I use that knowledge. The contents of this post might make more sense if you read the previous posts in this series.

Using events to design applications is a practice that seems to be around since the late 1980s. We can use events anywhere in the frontend or backend. When a button is pressed, when some data changes or some backend action is performed.

But what is it exactly? When should we use it and how? What are the downsides?

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When to use events

Typically, in a layered architecture, the top layers are aware of the lower layers and start logic in the lower layers. But, the lower layers are not aware of the layers above and can not start logic in the layers above. However, in highly complex situations, the lower layers might need to fire logic in the top layers.

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