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Enterprise Service Bus: Theory in Practice

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A note to book reviewer P. Pant, who wrote the negative comments about Java in your review that is posted below – I really appreciate that you point out that the book is "extremely well written". However, it appears that you have missed some key points in your reading of the book. An ESB is all about heterogeneity, therefore Java technology is a useful thing to be able to integrate with when using an ESB.

JMS, for example, is a well established standard for messaging, with broad industry support. It is one of the MANY ways to integrate with other applications through an ESB. I don’t mention it any more or any less than other standard technologies like XPath or XSLT. In fact, I have an entire chapter on "Message Oriented Middleware" which generically discusses MOM concepts such as store-and-forward messaging. At the end of the chapter is a small section on JMS and another equal amount of ink devoted to WS-Reliability and WS-ReliableMessaging. The final chapter, BTW is about how ESB’s and the Web Services stack of specifications (many of which I am co-author of) are going to evolve together.

Lastly, I appreciate that you have correctly recognized that "the concepts outlined nicely complement Hohpe's book on intergation patterns in my view". I worked with Gregor Hohpe during the writing of this book to ensure that the readers of both books would have a consistent visual metaphor when describing integration patterns. Dave

About the Author

David Chappell is vice president and chief technologist for SOA at Oracle Corporation. Chappell has over 20 years of experience in the software industry covering a broad range of roles including Architecture, code-slinging, sales, support and marketing. He is well known worldwide for his writings and public lectures on the subjects of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the enterprise service bus (ESB), message oriented middleware (MOM), enterprise integration, and is a co-author of many advanced Web Services standards.

As author of the O'Reilly Enterprise Service Bus book, Dave has had tremendous impact on redefining the shape and definition of SOA infrastructure. He has extensive experience in distributed computing infrastructure, including ESB, SOA Governance, EJB and Web application server infrastructure, JMS and MOM, EAI, CORBA, and COM. Chappell's experience also includes development of client/server infrastructure, graphical user interfaces and language interpreters.

Chappell is also well noted for authoring Java Web Services (O'Reilly), Professional ebXML Foundations (Wrox) and Java Message Service (O'Reilly). In addition, he has written numerous articles in leading industry publications, such as Business Integration Journal, Enterprise Architect, Java Developers Journal, JavaPro, Web Services Journal, XML Journal and Network World.

Chappell and his works have received many industry awards including the "Java™ Technology Achievement Award" from JavaPro magazine for "Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Java Community" in 2002, and the 2005 CRN Magazine "Top 10 IT leaders" award for "casting larger-than-life shadow over the industry".


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006754
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Chappell describes a highly promising but still speculative technology for connecting together enterprise-wide computations. It can also potentially be used to span different companies. Some of you may groan. Haven't we heard this already, several times? Remember the toutings of CORBA, Java's RMI, JMX, JMS, and the nascent Web Services?
Well, ESB draws upon often bitter lessons learnt with these earlier endeavours. CORBA was widely found to be too complex. RMI works only for tightly coupled systems, which do not scale well. So that became one reason for JMS, because it enabled loose coupling. But JMS is too low level. Web Services may indeed be promising, but face a danger of overspecifying a standard before enough practical experience is garnered.
ESB tries to subsume the best ideas from the above, and from other efforts. It promises loose coupling and an incremental rollout, amongst other things. The incremental ability may be key to getting a small scale project approved and implemented, due to its minimal investment.
You could think of ESB as taking the ideas of the JMX management console a step further. Plus, ESB can use JMX as a subsidiary technology.
Chappell also offers nice visual component schematics that could be used to represent and perhaps even assemble an ESB network. If this indeed is possible, it would be tremendous. Akin to the 1980s, when MicroSim offered a graphical version of Spice, with electronic parts availabled from a menu.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. Pearlman on October 1, 2005
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I was hoping that this book would go through the history of technology leading up to the ESB, discuss how the ESB solves the problems presented by previous solutions and talk about some best practices for building ESBs.

Unfortunately, the whole book goes right into the sale pitch telling you that ESB is the solution to problems that we previously were unable to solve! And, ESB appears to have no downsides! And, there are some great vendors out there that can solve all your problems!

EAI didn't work for you? That's because Hub-And-Spoke doesn't scale. But, the author doesn't spend any time on what people did to address these problems. How about distributed components? Of course, they didn't work... no exactly sure why, but ESB solves the problem!

The redeming part about this book is that it does provide a good overview of what an ESB is. It also provides you with a lot of terminology that may be new to you.

However, I wouldn't buy this book again or recommend it to anyone. Instead, I would recommend a lot of other good books on SOA that tell you about how we got here and how the technology pieces are around to help support new solutions to previously hard problems.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ronald A. Ten Hove on August 3, 2004
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This book should be required reading for anyone involved with EAI, especially integration architects.

For those of you who may not have heard about ESB, it is a rather new approach to structuring a SOA (service-oriented architecture), using a distributed MOM infrastructure, XML messages, intelligent message routing, automatic transformation of messages, and centralized administration. The SOA approach to EAI solutions is compelling, but it is still too early in the game to tell if ESB will take the world by storm. It has a lot of promise, and many EAI vendors are jumping onto the bandwagon that Sonic, including Dave Chappell, helped to build.

The book offers the first comprehensive definition of an ESB that I have seen, almost entirely stripped bare of vendor-specific information and sales info. I say almost, for some issues (such as app-servers vs. ESB service containers) are presented in a less vendor neutral fashion than I would like. Overall, the book stays high on useful content, and low on vendor product positioning.

The books combines nicely described technical descriptions of ESB features with some high-level case studies culled from Dave's experiences in industry, or based on interviews with IT leaders that he conducted while researching the book.

The technical descriptions avoid becoming too detailed, but are sufficient to capture the essential issues encountered in integration. The book's diagrams, resembling Gregor-grams, are very useful, although I was a bit mystified to find a reference card for the glyphs used, tucked away in the back of the book. The diagrams are self-explanatory, IMHO.

The case studies are similarly abstract, avoiding introducing a level of detail that would cause the forest to be lost amongst the trees.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lopez on October 2, 2005
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Frankly, I feel that some reviewers misunderstand the purpose of this book. In my opinion, for a SOA focussed professional who needs to know the role of SOA, this book is a gem! Any of us who have had the challenge of explaining messaging technology should be grateful about reading this book.

As technologists, we forget just how much intimidating jargon we use and how many underlying assumptions we make when we explain things. As a software architect once said to me, "if I had more time, I'd make it simple." Clearly Mr.Chappell has taken on the challenge of making it simple and made it in such a way even an idiot can understand, and such efforts are incredibly valuable.
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