Microservices architecture Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing microservices and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • B

    business capability

    Business capabilities are one way of representing the highest conceptual-level view of an enterprise architecture.

  • business event management

    Business event management is the practice of incorporating business logic into labeling events, communicating events and handling events... (Continued)

  • Business Process Modeling Language (BPML)

    Business Process Modeling Language (BPML) is an Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based metalanguage developed by the Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI) as a means of modeling business processes, much as XML is, itself, a metalanguage with the ability to model enterprise data.

  • business rules engine (BRE)

    A business rules engine (BRE) is a software component that allows non-programmers to add or change business logic in a business process management (BPM) system.

  • business service provider (BSP)

    A business service provider (BSP) is a company that rents third-party software application packages to their customers.

  • C

    CallXML

    CallXML is a language based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML) that lets a company describe a phone-to-Web site application in terms of how the call would be handled at the Web site and how it would interact with the caller based on keyed-in or voice responses.

  • CamelCase

    CamelCase is a naming convention in which a name is formed of multiple words that are joined together as a single word with the first letter of each of the multiple words capitalized so that each word that makes up the name can easily be read.

  • CAP theorem (Brewer's theorem)

    The CAP theorem is the idea that a distributed computing system is not able to provide partition tolerance, consistency and availability at the same time.  

  • cascading style sheet (CSS)

    A cascading style sheet (CSS) is a Web page derived from multiple sources with a defined order of precedence where the definitions of any style element conflict.

  • Cascading Style Sheet, level 1 (CSS1)

    CSS1 (Cascading Style Sheet, level is the recommendation from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for a standard cascading style sheet specification.

  • Channel Definition Format (CDF)

    The Channel Definition Format (CDF) is a file format from Microsoft that lets you create a file that defines a Web "channel," which is a preselected Web site or group of related Web sites.

  • chat room

    A chat room is a Web site, part of a Web site, or part of an online service such as America Online, that provides a venue for communities of users with a common interest to communicate in real time.

  • chatting

    For terms frequently used in online keyboard chatting, see chat acronyms/IRC/BBS. On the Internet, chatting is talking to other people who are using the Internet at the same time you are.

  • choreography

    Choreography, in a Web services context, refers to specifications for how messages should flow among diverse, interconnected components and applications to ensure optimum interoperability... (Continued)

  • class diagram

    A class diagram is an illustration of the relationships and source code dependencies among classes in the Unified Modeling Language (UML)... (Continued)

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