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Next Generation Application Integration: From Simple Information to Web Services Paperback – August 25, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0201844566 ISBN-10: 0201844567 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201844567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201844566
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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"Linthicum provides an insightful overview of the services-integration issues that will enable you to capitalize on current and future integration technologies. He also dives deep into the key Web services technologies for implementing the next generation integration architecture. Highly recommended for those thinking of moving from traditional EAI to Web services."
--Dr. Ravi Kalakota, CEO, E-Business Strategies
Author of Services Blueprint: Roadmap for Execution

For a majority of businesses, application integration is an outright failure. Most companies' computer systems are labyrinthine at best and self-destructive at worst. With the arrival of Web services, the new service-oriented middleware technology standard, and increasingly complex and challenging problem domains, it's time to take application integration to the next level.

In Next Generation Application Integration distributed computing and application-integration expert David S. Linthicum describes the effect that this new generation of middleware will have on traditional application-integration efforts. Using key industry examples and case studies, Linthicum reveals the techniques and practices that are necessary to revolutionize data-sharing for any company--from sole-proprietorship to Fortune 500.

In this book you'll find a thorough discussion of today's most advanced application-integration concepts, approaches, technologies, and solutions. Written with the technical manager and enterprise architect in mind, this book addresses essential application integration issues such as:

  • Strategies for dealing with complex problem domains
  • Forward-looking approaches to ensure long-term solutions that are right for your company
  • Techniques for implementation of new Web services middleware
  • Introductions to the appropriate technologies for next generation application integration
  • Scenarios for Web services integration
  • Support concepts outlined by case studies and real-world examples
  • Descriptions and analyses of the different types of Web service integration--standards, implementation, and enabling technology
  • Full analysis of Web services and integration, including the relationship between EAI and Web services
  • How to leverage both vertical and horizontal application-integration standards

If you're responsible for managing or implementing application-integration middleware, Next Generation Application Integration will prove to be an indispensable resource.



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About the Author

David S. Linthicum is an internationally known distributed-computing and application integration expert who speaks at popular technical conferences throughout the United States. He has almost twenty years of experience in the integration-technology industry, most recently as CTO of Mercator Software, Inc. Before joining Mercator, David was the CTO of SAGA Software, and also held senior-level management positions at Electronic Data Systems, AT&T Solutions, and Ernst & Young LLP. He has consulted for hundreds of major corporations engaged in systems analysis, design, and development, with a concentration in complex distributed systems. This is David's third book on application integration.



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David S. Linthicum (Dave) is an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader, and the author and coauthor of 13 books on computing, including the best selling Enterprise Application Integration (Addison Wesley). Dave keynotes at many leading technology conferences on cloud computing, SOA, Web 2.0, and enterprise architecture, and has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows as a computing expert. He is a blogger for InfoWorld, Intelligent Enterprise, and eBizq.net, covering SOA and enterprise computing topics. Dave also has columns in Government Computer News, Cloud Computing Journal, SOA Journal, Align Journal, and is the editor of Virtualization Journal.

In his career, Dave has formed or enhanced many of the ideas behind modern distributed computing including Enterprise Application Integration, B2B Application Integration, and SOA, approaches and technologies in wide use today. For the last 10 years, Dave has focused on the technology and strategies around cloud computing, and how to make cloud computing work for the modern enterprise. This includes work with several cloud computing startups.

Dave's industry experience includes tenure as CTO and CEO of several successful software companies, and upper-level management positions in Fortune 100 companies. In addition, he was an associate professor of computer science for eight years, and continues to lecture at major technical colleges and universities including the University of Virginia, Arizona State University, and the University of Wisconsin.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
An OK overview, not too much hype. However, the explanations are often so brief that the more complex standards (BPEL4WS being a particular case) would be impossible to understand if I hadn't read the official documents. The figures are plentiful and often awful. Many have little connection to the text that references them (13.2, 15.1, 15.2 being good examples). Entities in the figures are not explained in the text, and the text uses terms that do not show up in the figures. Also, anyone who includes a six-page listing of XML syntax without any kind of structuring, enhancement, or occasional word of explanation (e.g., listing 12.1) should be pilloried. Despite the fact that this has become some sort of sport, XML syntax was not designed to be read by humans in great quantities.
The style was a bit too chummy for my taste but perhaps that is what makes the books acceptable to nontechnical people? And the author should really find another favorite verb instead of "leverage". He employs it instead of "use", "implement", "incorporate", "include", and some more words, all of which would be either shorter or more clear (I thought I even spotted a couple of cases where "provide" seemed intended). By page 200 it gets to be a major irritation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tech Manager on August 28, 2004
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I found this book to be very short on any kind of meat or details. I'm very tempted to ask for my money back. There is no insight here - the book could have been compiled from a series of press releases. I think the standard of the book is typified by the 'bibliography' which seems to list every single article the author has ever written, including in magazines like Computer Shopper a decade ago. How that is supposed to be any help to anybody I cannot see. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chad Badiyan on February 24, 2004
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Linthicum writes a comprehensive text for technology managers. The 500-page book describes the world of EAI in detail with an emphasis on web services. It covers the benefits and limitations of web services, provides examples of where to use and not use them, and introduces standards with an emphasis on XML. The book encourages IT to make the much-needed shift from an information to a service-orientation. As such, a considerable part of the book dedicated to emerging EAI styles, such as SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), which requires IT to think in business terms and promises to speed development and decrease integration time when correctly implemented. Coders and those looking for technical information on standards should look elsewhere. The book contains many diagrams that are crude but effective. The writing style is unrefined and repetitive. This can be overlooked if you're willing to skim through them.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2003
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I really enjoyed this book; it seemed to answer all of the questions I had about application integration. I also enjoyed the way this book is organized, it gets right to the point, gives you the skinny, and moves on to other topics.
However, you should know that this is a strategic book; there is not much here for hardcore developers. However, I be a manager.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2003
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Like Linthicums previous books, this is surely not for someone who wants to get technical folks, its for the business people. As such, if you are a technical person and occasionally need to advice the management or help them understand technical issues, this book might help to understand their framework.
If you see it on your bosses or customers bookshelf, at least skim through it in the local bookstore. Otherwise, if unlucky, you might be forced to look at the pictures anyhow in the next management meeting shown in power point titled "Road Map" without a good counter-argument prepared.
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I've read this book making notes. I was new to Application Integration but now have a firm grip on the subject. I did need to put my notes in a more comprehensive order though, the book is jumping back and forth and doesn't have a coherend style of comparing(for instance Synchronous versus asynchronous is compared, Direct communication is separated from Queued communication though etc.) maybe there wasn't an editor firmiliar with the subject.

This book definitaly needs an update, it looks like it's predictions are coming true at last. Now there's a chance for re-editing at the same time, this book deserves it!
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By Dorian Gray on June 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an entirely useless book. If you think you will understand what Web Services are from reading this book, I can assure you that you will not.

On the other hand if you "think" that you have understood Web Services or Application Integration for that matter, from reading this book, I can assure you that you have no idea what you are talking about because neither does the Author.

Everything that this book wants to convey, it can be put in no more than 10 pages of a white paper.
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A brand new copy of this book bought from Amazon. A terrible printing quality control. On each page, the left side is printed in dark black font,and the right page is printed in light grey font, this printing issue is repeating for the whole book.
A clear toner, printing and quality control issue by the publisher.
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