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Oracle Fusion Middleware Patterns Paperback – September 9, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Like the term design patterns, the term Middleware Patterns has specific implications that were not acheived by the authors. Middleware patterns implies that there exist certain Oracle meta-architecture patterns that are reuseable, and these were missing entirely.
The book itself was largely a hodgepodge of case studies that has little to do with any formal architecture definition that could be reused elsewhere. While I am sure that the authors are smart people, they simply cannot write very well, and that is the book's downfall.
Oracle really should have spent more time editing individual author contributions so that the book held together as a cohesive whole, instead of what it became.
I found the book hard to read.
"Oracle FMW Middleware Patterns" fills this urgent need to provide field based examples to assist Oracle practitioners in implementing Oracle FMW solutions. The case study based approach is extremely helpful as it makes the product implementation and solutioning process "real". It not only provides guidance in terms of implementing solutions using product components as varied as Oracle BPM and Oracle Coherence, but also provides unique insights into possible solutions that may not have been thought of.
For examples the section on Process Driven SOA development succinctly covers the BPMN to BPEL round trip processing in the context of a solution built for a utility provider. Similarly the section on "Code free Application Extension" is quite insightful in the use of ADF, all in the context of a travel and expense processing business process.
I would recommend this book for gaining valuable field insights from implementations that have been completed. It expands the horizons that Oracle FMW can be used for, as well as, providing a good reference for similar requirements.
It continually strikes a balance between technology and process (i.e. technology as a business process enabler rather than as an end to itself), although the potential downside of course is that this could be viewed as a turn-off for readers looking exclusively for either view. It's most appropriate for those CIO's and their staffs who are evaluating or pursuing a transition from 1st generation ERP packages to 2nd generation Enterprise Systems Platforms. While from a technology view it represents various Oracle Fusion Middleware products, its approaches and sentiments are product-agnostic.
My only criticism (and the reason for the 4 stars out of 5) is that it would have been very helpful for the authors to have summarized the learning's from the 10 chapters and explored the `impacts and implications' that the case studies uncovered. Surely there are some key themes that could have been `aha' moments from the book when viewed in the aggregate.Read more ›
-The authors have done a great job compiling content from 10+ real-life implementations and have distilled that in the form of use-cases accompanied by reference architecture.
-I find it a handy reference on my bookshelf - when one wants to revisit a use-case or an integration pattern and not read up several books instead.
-This book is definitely one of the better books I've read in recent years explaining the "What" as well as some of the "How". Thus ideally meant for architects, leaders, and technology and integration managers.
-Interaction between the different products - Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle BAM, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Essbase and Hyperion, Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle ADF and Oracle EBusiness Suite, Oracle BPM Suite, Oracle BI Publisher - is explained very well, all in one place.
-SOA Composite Development concepts covering E-Business Suite, SOA Suite, ADF, WebCenter and WebCenter Spaces and BI Apps are explained well, and you realize FMW has become a full development platform.
-SOA caching for Service State and Service Results and implementation of Coherence for Grid Caching. I find this to be very useful - and was able to refresh my concepts and understood the solution quickly.
-The use-case showing integration of relational and multi-dimensional data using Oracle Data Integrator is done well, and it includes Essbase and Hyperion for multi-dimensional analysis.
-The use-case are accompanied by XML/code samples, screen-shots and easy description of concepts and value drivers.
If you are a FMW Developer looking for best coding practices to program any of the individual products, this book is likely not the best fit, but for a end-to-end architectural approach and real-life case studies, this is a great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was specifically written for solution architects, designers, developers and users leveraging Oracle Fusion Middleware. You need to know that going in. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I found this book very much un-structured and doesn't have any good revelent info that one can benifit. It is collection of some case studies at 20K feet high level.. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Sam