A severe case of Servicitis

Before we go any further, let me start by stating two important thigs:

Now that we put this out of the way, let’s start the article.


##Introduction A very common 3 (or 4) layer architecture is defined by having a Presentation, Business and Data Access layers.

Particularly in the Business layer, also exist multiple flavors… Managers, Services, Beans, Handlers, etc… All of them have in common:

Blá blá blá… Enough of introductions…

#The Problem

Lets imagine the follow scenario. We have a web application on which the business applications is defined by services. Each entity has a service (similar to Entity Services, which many consider an Anti-pattern, but that concept has a different scope than this (SOA), and clearly out of this post scope).

On to the point already… We have a CustomerService and a ShopService. We need to create a new operation to retrieve the shop the customer as chosen as it’s favorite. Where would you create that operation? Into the CustomerService or ShopService? The truth is, there’s no right answer on this. Both of them are correct. The only catch is, whatever your choice was, it needs to be coherent on the application, and thus, on the team, for further new operations.

In order to get an order for the Customer would you create it on the OrderService or on the CustomerService? I’m almost sure that you’ll chose the OrderService on this case. And the answer is the same as above. Both of them are right, as long as you keep coherence.

##Let’s look into the anatomy of the operation

We need to create a new operation to retrieve the shop the customer as chosen as its favorite

So, what is the most preeminent entity here, shop or a customer? My option is shop, what’s yours?

What I see here is that I’m looking up a shop, and my customer is just a filter on my query. If I would write this down on Sql, this would be my query:

SELECT shop.Id, Shop.Name
FROM shop
JOIN customer ON shop.Id = customer.favoriteShopId

My conclusion? I would definitely put it on the ShopService because that is in fact the Entity I’m looking for. The customer here is just a query parameter. But like I said, I don’t consider the other option wrong, as long as that option is chosen coherently on all the application.


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