Book Cover - Book Review: Building Applications on Mesos: Leveraging Resilient, Scalable, and Distributed Systems

Valuable advices targeted to Mesos framework developers delivered in a poorly edited book

Recently, Apache Mesos received a lot of attention, following the hype around containerization. With Building Applications on Mesos, O’Reilly and author David Greenberg succeed in publishing the first book on the subject but fails to deliver some of its promises.

The book perfectly introduces the framework by telling its history, why it was created and examples of company like Twitter who use it. It covers the two most popular framework above Mesos: Marathon and Chronos and quickly delves into building your own framework. But in such a thin book (140 pages), the author could only scratch the surface of these subjects. At the end of the book, you will have a good idea of what it means to work with Mesos to host your applications or to create a new framework but you will miss the big picture necessary to fully grasp the potential of the framework. Too often, the author could not resist the urge to talk about useless technical details. The overall style of the book is more like a list of key points than a technical book.

That being said, Building applications on Mesos is a good collection of information and if you plan to build a new production-ready framework on top of Mesos, this book will help you grasp the core concepts of the Mesos API. In contrast, if you plan to deploy a Mesos cluster to manage your datacenter, you should consider most recent books such as Mesos in Action (Manning).

About the author

Julien Sobczak works as a software developer for Scaleway, a French cloud provider. He is a passionate reader who likes to see the world differently to measure the extent of his ignorance. His main areas of interest are productivity (doing less and better), human potential, and everything that contributes in being a better person (including a better dad and a better developer).

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