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IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance Handbook Hardcover – January 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0137148196 ISBN-10: 0137148194 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137148194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137148196
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book for anybody that works with DataPower on a regular basis.
W House
It has been very helpful as a reference and has an easy-to-read style (for a technical book) that has made it possible to read it from cover to cover.
R. Slaski
Simply put, this is the best collection of technical guidance and best practices available for WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Slaski on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book at Amazon to use as a reference for a DataPower implementation and to supplement basic DataPower training. It has been very helpful as a reference and has an easy-to-read style (for a technical book) that has made it possible to read it from cover to cover. The book provides numerous examples with screen snapshots. Interestingly, the examples typically are associated with a book purchase service :). Our project is using DataPower systems for web services security, service virtualization, routing, web service enabling MQ®, logging and complex XML transformation. These topics are covered extensively in the book. I strongly recommend this book if you are launching a DataPower project.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W House on February 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Disclaimer - I work for IBM in DataPower Technical Sales and I know 3 of the 5 authors of this book.

That being said, this is an excellent, long-overdue treatise on DataPower. The "DataPower Bible" if you will.

My first exposure to DataPower was in March of 2007. The idea of pushing expensive software functions (xml/crypto) into hardware was an epiphany for me.

I decided to pursue this with vigor.

My initial excitement was tempered by the huge learning curve that awaited me. DataPower information was fragmented and the extensive capabilities of the device challenged me to learn many new things.

There was never a single, authoritative source for DataPower information and best practices.......until now!!!

I am now carrying these 900 pages in my backpack and insisting that my customers purchase this book.

When I have a customer question, I go to the Index or search the online version....this is my first reference for all questions DataPower.

Even after 2 years of on-the-job experience, I am still exclaiming "ah-hahs" when I research things in this book.

I highly recommend this book for anybody that works with DataPower on a regular basis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Orciani on February 12, 2009
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I'm working on a long term Datapower integration project in a QA / business application testing capacity with one of the authors of this book. The authors have done a great job of describing the capabilities and efficiencies of Datapower appliances. It gives just the right depth of insight both from a technical and business case perspective- it provides a level of understanding as to allow those with high level knowledge of the technical architecture to leverage Datapower's flexibility. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Wood on April 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is absolutely the best guide to learning and using IBM's DataPower devices available. The technical documentation from IBM is good for a terse, technical reference to specific features of the devices, but those documents are definitely NOT tutorials or self-study courses. The DataPower Handbook, on the other hand, provides a gentle, comprehensive guide to learning to use DataPower effectively.

The book is divided into several sections which are geared toward different interested parties. There is a wealth of information in there for administrators, network architects, security architects, and, of course, firewall developers.

This is, hands-down, one of the best technical books I have ever owned. It is so good, in fact, that we went ahead and purchased three copies for use within the company.

Oh-- one additonal point: I'm not sure if it's mentioned in the book, but there is an online forum for DataPower users that is also an excellent resource. The forum is located here:

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And one final gripe: I really wish that the original DataPower designers had chosen to call the XML processing pipelines something other than a "firewall." That name totally confuses everyone I talk to. Oh well....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NewJerseyDan on December 11, 2014
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The reviews here for the older volume are applicable to the suite of books this is now split into. This second edition book here is now only and intro and quick-setup guide enhancement, not the 900 page combined volume the reviews below state.

There's some valuable pieces in here in defining some of the services that IBM's RedBook documentation glances over that help the broader understanding of the appliances. If you're looking for the more technical deep dive sections, you'll need one of the other volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda E. Barton on March 10, 2010
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We purchased this book as soon as it was published since we were already developing applications on an XI50 and were looking for some good, practical information. One of the authors was working with us and recommended it (of course!). I have found this book to be constantly useful as we update application components and system components. I reference the GUI guide...then double check here to see if instructions are any more detailed..and they usually are, despite the fact that the book is primarily for Application developers and not system admins. As a system admin, i have actually used it so much i have broken the binding....I have tabs sticking out all over the place from VERY IMPORTANT pages. I highly recommend getting this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Crawford on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are a security administrator or systems integration programmer this book should be on your book shelf. The experience of the authors shines through in the many insights and real world examples.

Disclaimer: 2 of the authors have briefly consulted re: security services and DataPower with our team. These guys are top notch.
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Bill is an IBM Executive I/T Specialist. His current role is as WebSphere Federal Chief Technical Architect and Strategist (CTO), working out of Lake Hopatcong, NJ. He has many years of IBM WebSphere solution design and implementation experience in both customer engagements and developing and delivering internal training within IBM. He is the lead author of the acclaimed book IBM DataPower Handbook (first and second editions) and co-author of IBM WebSphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration, as well as many articles published in WebSphere Technical Journal and developerWorks. He is a United States Air Force veteran and has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York Institute of Technology and an Associate Degree in Information Technology from Tulsa Jr College.