How Netflix Really Uses Java

Netflix is (in)famous for the way we develop our systems. Micro Services, RxJava, Hystrix and Spring Cloud Netflix are just a few things that developers often associate with Netflix. All these things played an important role in our ecosystem at some point in time, but the Netflix architecture and tech stack is ever evolving. Now that Netflix is also one of the biggest film studios, we have many more systems, services and teams involved, and of course we need to be prepared for the ever growing scale.

In this talk we will discuss the current Netflix architecture(s), how and why we evolved from previous iterations, and our Java tech-stack. We will debunk some myths and give you a view into how we develop services today. We’ll go into topics such as Java frameworks, the move away from RxJava, GraphQL Federation, gRPC, developer tooling and what Micro Services really means.

You will hopefully learn from our mistakes and also be prepared for the next time someone tries to win an argument with “but Netflix does it…”.


Paul Bakker

Java Platform @Netflix, Java Champion, and Co-Author of "Java 9 Modularity"

Paul Bakker is a Java Champion and developer in the Java Platform team at Netflix. At Netflix he works on evolving the Java tech stack and developer tooling. He is also one of the original authors of the DGS Framework (GraphQL) and co-authored two Java modularity books published by O’Reilly.

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