Feedback: A slightly different perspective on route services
Mike Youngstrom <youngm@...>
This thread  on Route services has got me thinking. I'd like to propose
a slightly different perspective on the route services concept.
A typical service today, lets call them "App Services" at its most base
function exists to apply some functionality to an application. Typically
that functionality comes in the form of credentials supplied to an
application. But not always. For example, a Log Drain App Service applies
log drain functionality to an app. My organization has other services that
apply other functionality to an app not necessarily in the form of
So, with that perspective what should a "Route Service" be? I think at its
basest form a Route Service should simply be a way to applying
functionality to a Route. (note I said nothing about proxies).
Just like a log drain app service is a type of App Service. I think a
Proxy Route Service could be viewed as a type of Route Service. Why is
this distinction important? I think it keeps the vision of a route service
more simple, pure, and less implementation specific.
I think with this perspective route services become much simpler and more
powerful. You support binding one or more route services to a route just
like today you can bind one or more app services to an app. However, if
the service identifies itself as a Proxy Route Service (just like a service
can identify itself as a log drain service) then the Cloud Controller
simply fails the bind because today we only allow one proxy route services
to be bound to a route at a time. The UX becomes simply:
We leave the problem of ordering multiple Proxy Route Services as a future
problem. Of which I think user provided ordering is only one possible
solution. I believe other more natural and simple solutions will present
themselves over time.