Beyond the Twelve-Factor App

Exploring the DNA of Highly Scalable, Resilient Cloud Applications

Beyond the Twelve-Factor App

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In 2012, early cloud pioneer Heroku developed the Twelve Factor App, a set of rules and guidelines for helping organizations build cloud-native applications. It served as an excellent starting point, but as technology inevitably marched forward, some areas needed revisiting. To accommodate current best practices, this practical book expands on the original guidelines to help you build applications that not only function in the cloud, but also thrive.

Information architect Kevin Hoffman takes you through each factor in detail, explaining why these guidelines are important and, in some cases, pointing out how and why today’s new approaches work better. You’ll learn exactly what a 12 factor app is, and discover how to evaluate your existing applications against the guidelines in this book.

  • Compare the original 12 factors to the author’s 15 expanded and revised factors
  • Understand why the concept of “API First”, as well telemetry and security have been added
  • Learn the caveats or exceptions to the original factors that reflect today’s best practices

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Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman

I started programming when I was 10, when my grandfather gave me a refurbished Commodore VIC-20 and a BASIC programming manual. Since then, I have been addicted to learning everything I can about programming languages, frameworks, and new technology. I am an Advisory Solutions Architect for Pivotal where I am responsible for ensuring customer success in adopting cloud native architecture and Pivotal Cloud Foundry