Soliciting feedback on a UX change for route services


Shannon Coen
 

The design proposal for route services
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bGOQxiKkmaw6uaRWGd-sXpxL0Y28d3QihcluI15FiIA/edit?usp=sharing>
suggests the following developer workflow to trigger forwarding app
requests to a route service:

cf create-service SERVICE PLAN SERVICE_INSTANCE
cf bind-service APP SERVICE_INSTANCE

This is a familiar workflow but for these kinds of services, this
introduces a lot of complexity and potentially surprising behavior. We are
seriously considering a slightly different UX that eliminates this
complexity and we believe is more intuitive. With this change, there is a
use case which would not be supported and we'd like to hear whether anyone
would miss it.

By binding different route services to applications that share a route,
requests could be forwarded to these different services according to
GoRouter's load balancing algorithm. Imagine a route (foo.example.com)
mapped to three applications A, B, and C. App A is bound to route service
X, app B is bound to route service Y, while app C is not bound to a route
service at all. Requests to the route would be forwarded to either route
service X or to route service Y or directly to app C.

Instead of associating the route service with an application, we are
proposing associating the route service with the route. This would mean
that all requests for a route would be forwarded to the same route service,
and could not bypass it. The following CLI usage demonstrates the developer
workflow:

cf create-service SERVICE PLAN SERVICE_INSTANCE
cf update-route HOST DOMAIN [-s SERVICE_INSTANCE]
or
cf create-route SPACE DOMAIN [-n HOSTNAME] [-s SERVICE_INSTANCE]

This change would also mean that route services would not need to be
bindable, simplifying service development, as applications are not expected
to need credentials to contact the route service directly and CF doesn't
need to know the application in order to make the forwarding decision.

Let me know if you have concerns about this change in approach.

Thank you,

Shannon Coen
Product Manager, Cloud Foundry
Pivotal, Inc.

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