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Istio is a service mesh cloud platform that helps to run a distributed microservice architecture; it provides a uniform way to secure, connect, and monitor microservices. The platform makes it easy to create a network of deployed services with load balancing, service-to-service authentication, monitoring, and more, without any changes in service code. After a developer builds a microservice, he/she needs to create a container image and a set of YAML files to deploy the microservice into Istio mesh. Most of the time, these parts are not part of the programming experience.
Ballerina is a cloud native programming language that understands the architecture around it. It is capable of auto-generating deployment artifacts like Docker images and Kubernetes YAMLs. This session will discuss the advantage of having a service mesh and a cloud native programing language in your microservice application ecosystem. The session will also demonstrate how a developer can deploy from source to Istio service mesh by adding a set of annotations in the source code.