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About the Author
Arun Poduval works as a Technical consultant at Midwave Corporation specialized in SOA/Middleware. Doug Todd is CTO of Enterra Solutions in Yardley, PA. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems architecture, applications architecture, systems integration, and applications integration with major corporations. Todd is responsible for Enterra's overall IT strategy and tactical implementation, enterprise information architecture, and technology product offerings. Doug Todd worked on Chapter 5. Harish Gaur has more than 13 years of experience in the enterprise software industry including 7+ years at Oracle. He is currently the Director of Product Management for Fusion Middleware at Oracle. In his current role, he works closely with strategic customers implementing SOA & BPM using Oracle Fusion Middleware. He is co-author of BPEL Cookbook (2007) and Fusion Middleware Patterns (Sept 2010) Before Oracle, he worked as a Solution Specialist with Vitria Technology educating customers about the benefits of Business Process Management. Prior to that, he helped Fortune 500 companies architect scalable integration solutions using EAI tools like webMethods and CrossWorlds (now IBM). Harish holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and is an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
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Even though the concept of combining material from different, specialized, high-appraised book titles sounds appealing, the final result in this case is frequently inconsistent, with lots of obsolete and overlapping information and limited moments of real value. In total, it clearly diverts from the initial idea of delivering the "Best of" Packt's titles. Having studied the fellow titles "Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1 Developer's Guide" or the "Getting Started with Oracle BPM Suite 11gR1 - A Hands-On Tutorial", there is plenty of material that could be incorporated in a "best of" effort basis.
Another point that piles up to the confusion is the product orientation of the book. In several places it refers (sometimes implicitly) to obsolete Oracle SOA Suite 10g, in others in Oracle SOA 11g, which is the appropriate thing to do as it is available for almost two years time. There are also two chapters dedicated to the abandoned project of Netbeans + JBI. As the title was published on December 2011, one would expect a more accurate, fresh coverage of SOA. As a side note, it would be extremely useful to relate book chapters with explicit products and their underlying versions.
Drilling down to the material now. The first two chapters (Basic principles and Integration Architecture, principles, patterns) and some part of Chapter number 9 (SOA & Web Services approach) have lots of overlapping and could be merged into a single one. Too much theoretical talk there.Read more ›
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This book is akin to scientific monographs like conference proceedings, where each chapter has a different author. The publisher is trying this "Compendium" format with its portfolio of existing single author texts on the many aspects of Service Oriented Architecture. The field has spent the last 10-12 years fleshing out the concepts and implementations. Which accounts in part for the length of the current book. Many, many details. The reader is cautioned that if you have previously read Packt books on SOA, you might well run into familiar sections in some chapters. But the book is meant as a relatively concise summary of how things stand in SOA, circa 2011-2. In this, it is a cheaper alternative than buying several books on each of the SOA subtopics, from this publisher or others.
Major concepts covered include the Enterprise Service Bus and the role of middleware and associated routing methods. There are patterns to be learnt, and different ways to architect a system - hub and spoke, pipeline, point to point and of course SOA itself.
There is a brief mention of grid computing. Very different from cloud computing. A set of machines implementing a grid might well be all at one data center. The grid is a way to do large scale parallel processing on a big data set. Including most relevant for the book, SOA problems.
The jargon of XTP = Extreme Transaction Processing also gets tossed into the text. Only a cursory discussion. XTP seems little more than marketing hype at this time.
Another major idea that you should understand is Web Services. For making interoperable and modular software systems, located across the Web. Using XML as the language of data interchange.Read more ›
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This book is a SOA Best-Of book. It takes the best chapters from the following books.
BPEL cookbook SOA Approach to Integration Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint Building SOA-Based Composite Applications Using NetBeans IDE 6 Oracle SOA Suite Developer's Guide WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with Oracle SOA Suite 11g Oracle Modernization Solutions SOA Governance
So what do I think of the book? I think it is a good starter. It gives you an overview of the complete SOA spectrum.
What I like in this book is the theory on the concepts of SOA. A big part of the book is all about the concepts, patterns and models that can be used for various SOA Technologies (BPEL / Service Bus / Governance). The theory is supported with best practices on the implementation (best-practise).
While this book is not full end-2-end walk in the park on SOA technology, it explains in detail the concepts on SOA. Only if you want to deep-dive into a part of the SOA technology, you should read that particular book.
One other thing I miss in this book, is the Oracle Service Bus. Pack published this year a book on this; Oracle Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook
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