One of the most common things I see when discussing pros/cons of microservice vs monolithic architecture is that monolithic applications have, or always trend toward, 'tight coupling.'
To be honest, I'm not seeing why this is true if your developers know how to leverage any standard OO language. If I need a certain part of my application to handle, say, payments, and multiple other parts to interact with the payments system, can I not leverage the abstraction features of the language I'm using (classes, access control, interfaces) to create modularization between different application functions?
For example, if I'm using Java, I could create a 'PaymentsDAO' (data access object), or maybe 'PaymentsClient', which can expose functions that the rest of the code can use to interact with the payments database, etc. If one sub-team in my team wants to work on payments, they can continue to write code in the PaymentsDAO, publish that code to the central repo, etc, while I simply use the DAO's function signatures, which would not change, and continue to write code wherever I need it, right? Where's the coupling? If payments code changes, I don't need to change anything in my code, or understand the changes, to account for that.
Is the only drawback of this 'coupling' that I need to
git pull more often, since the payments code would need to be in the same deployment as my change, as opposed to a separate deployment, and then consumed over the network through an API call?
To be honest, I'm not seeing a strong case for the 'tight coupling', and I want someone to change my view here because my current team at work is using a microservice architecture :D I'm more certain about the other pros of MSA, like scalability, flexibility of technology stacks across microservices, fault tolerance of a dist system, and less deployment complexity, but I'm still uncertain on coupling.
to create modularization- Yes, and now that you've done that you don't have a monolithic application any longer. You have a GUI that wraps a bunch of modules.