Services (DDD series part 8)

Krzysztof Słomka
3 min readJan 24, 2023
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In Domain-Driven Design (DDD), the concept of a Service is used to represent a specific operation or functionality that is not directly related to a particular Entity or Value Object. Services are used to encapsulate business logic that is not naturally a part of an Entity or Value Object. In this post, we will explore what a Service is, why it’s essential, and how it can be used to improve the design of software systems.

A Service is an object that represents a specific operation or functionality in the business domain. It encapsulates the business logic that is not naturally a part of an Entity or Value Object. Services are typically stateless and should be used to perform operations that don’t change the state of the Entities or Value Objects.

One of the key benefits of using Services is that they help to create a clear separation of concerns between the business domain and the implementation of the system. By encapsulating the business logic in Services, developers can ensure that the system is closely aligned with the business domain and that it meets the needs of the business.

Another benefit of using Services is that they provide a way to encapsulate complex business logic. By encapsulating complex logic in Services, developers can make the system more maintainable and easy to understand. Additionally, Services can be used to enforce business rules, such as ensuring that a certain operation can only be performed by authorized users.

Services can also be used to perform operations that involve multiple Entities or Value Objects. For example, a Service could be used to calculate the total cost of an order that involves multiple products. By encapsulating this logic in a Service, developers can ensure that the calculation is performed consistently throughout the system.

Example

Consider an e-commerce application that allows customers to purchase products online. The application might have a service called “InventoryService” that is responsible for determining the availability of products. This service might have a method called “check availability” that takes in a product ID and returns the number of units of that product currently in stock. The service could be used by the application’s “ShoppingCart” component, which would call the “check availability” method to ensure that there are enough units of a product in stock before allowing the customer to add it to their cart.

Conclusion

Services are a powerful tool for encapsulating business logic in Domain-Driven Design. They help to create a clear separation of concerns between the business domain and the implementation of the system and ensure that the system is closely aligned with the business domain. By using Services, organizations can ensure that their software systems are well-designed, maintainable, and easy to understand. Services provide a way to encapsulate complex business logic, enforce business rules, and perform operations that involve multiple Entities or Value Objects.

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Krzysztof Słomka

My name is Krzysztof, I'm a software architect and developer, with experience of leading teams and delivering large scalable projects for over 13 years...