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Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services (The Prentice Hall Service-Oriented Computing Series from Thomas Erl) Paperback – April 26, 2004

ISBN-13: 007-6092025443 ISBN-10: 0131428985
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Web services is the integration technology preferred by organizations implementing service-oriented architectures. I would recommend that anybody involved in application development obtain a working knowledge of these technologies, and I'm pleased to recommend Erl's book as a great place to begin.

—Tom Glover, Senior Program Manager, Web Services Standards, IBM Software Group, and Chairman of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I).


An excellent guide to building and integrating XML and Web services, providing pragmatic recommendations for applying these technologies effectively. The author tackles numerous integration challenges, identifying common mistakes and providing guidance needed to get it right the first time. A valuable resource for understanding and realizing the benefits of service-oriented architecture in the enterprise.

—David Keogh, Program Manager, Visual Studio Enterprise Tools, Microsoft.


Leading-edge IT organizations are currently exploring second generation web service technologies, but introductory material beyond technical specifications is sparse. Erl explains many of these emerging technologies in simple terms, elucidating the difficult concepts with appropriate examples, and demonstrates how they contribute to service-oriented architectures. I highly recommend this book to enterprise architects for their shelves.

—Kevin P. Davis, Ph. D., Software Architect.


Service-oriented integration with less cost and less risk


The emergence of key second-generation Web services standards has positioned service-oriented architecture (SOA) as the foremost platform for contemporary business automation solutions. The integration of SOA principles and technology is empowering organizations to build applications with unprecedented levels of flexibility, agility, and sophistication (while also allowing them to leverage existing legacy environments).


This guide will help you dramatically reduce the risk, complexity, and cost of integrating the many new concepts and technologies introduced by the SOA platform. It brings together the first comprehensive collection of field-proven strategies, guidelines, and best practices for making the transition toward the service-oriented enterprise.


Writing for architects, analysts, managers, and developers, Thomas Erl offers expert advice for making strategic decisions about both immediate and long-term integration issues. Erl addresses a broad spectrum of integration challenges, covering technical and design issues, as well as strategic planning.

  • Covers crucial second-generation (WS-*) Web services standards: BPEL4WS, WS-Security, WS-Coordination, WS-Transaction, WS-Policy, WS-ReliableMessaging, and WS-Attachments
  • Includes hundreds of individual integration strategies and more than 60 best practices for both XML and Web services technologies
  • Includes a complete tutorial on service-oriented design principles for business and technical modeling
  • Explores design issues related to a wide variety of service-oriented integration architectures that integrate XML and Web services into legacy and EAI environments
  • Provides a clear roadmap for planning a long-term migration toward a standardized service-oriented enterprise

Service-oriented architecture is no longer an exclusive discipline practiced only by expensive consultants. With this book's help, you can plan, architect, and implement your own service-oriented environments-efficiently and cost-effectively.


About the Web Sites


Erl's Service-Oriented Architecture books are supported by two Web sites. http:// provides a variety of content resources and http:// supplies a descriptive portal to referenced specifications.

About the Author

Thomas Erl is a best-selling IT author and founder of™ ®. Thomas has been the world's top-selling service technology author for over five years and is the series editor of the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl ( ), as well as the editor of the Service Technology Magazine ( With over 175,000 copies in print world-wide, his eight published books have become international bestsellers and have been formally endorsed by senior members of major IT organizations, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Accenture, IEEE, HL7, MITRE, SAP, CISCO, HP, and others.


Four of his books, Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, SOA Design Patterns, SOA Principles of Service Design, and SOA Governance, were authored in collaboration with the IT community and have contributed to the definition of cloud computing technology mechanisms, the service-oriented architectural model and service-orientation as a distinct paradigm. Thomas is currently working with over 20 authors on several new books dedicated to specialized topic areas such as cloud computing, Big Data, modern service technologies, and service-orientation.


As CEO of Arcitura Education Inc. and in cooperation with™ ®, Thomas has led the development of curricula for the internationally recognized SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) and Cloud Certified Professional (CCP) accreditation programs, which have established a series of formal, vendor-neutral industry certifications.


Thomas is the founding member of the SOA Manifesto Working Group and author of the Annotated SOA Manifesto ( He is a member of the Cloud Education & Credential Committee, SOA Education Committee, and he further oversees and initiatives, which are dedicated to the on-going development of master pattern catalogs for service-oriented computing and cloud computing.

Thomas has toured over 20 countries as a speaker and instructor for public and private events, and regularly participates in international conferences, including SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium and Gartner events. Over 100 articles and interviews by Thomas have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (April 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131428985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131428980
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. Baker on February 27, 2006
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I hesitate to say anything negative about this book, given the glowing reviews by most other readers. Many of those reviewers appear to be experienced in SOA deployment. I am fairly new to the field, though I have a decent grasp of XML and Web services. I wanted a good guide on how SOA was an advance over a loose collection of Web services.

This book is chock full of information on the standards for Web services and the ingredients for SOA. Part one, on XML and second-generation WS specs, is excellent.

However, potential readers should know that this is an overview of these specs, not a tutorial or implementation guide. Certainly too many of these specs exist to give details of implementation, but if you're looking for a general guide to the specs, this is a good text for that.

Things get more muddled after that. I hoped that the chapters in Part II on integrating Web services into applications would be a practical guide to this task. I found it difficult to relate the abstract discussion and diagrams to how one would actually perform this difficult chore.

Later on, the book suddenly introduces EAI as if the reader would naturally know this technology. It uses EAI and similar concepts in more rather abstract discussion of principles of SOA. The discussion features few real-world examples about how the principles would translate into action.

The chapters toward the end on best practices are quite good and worth reading. Again, though, the discussion avoids getting into examples and details.

I kept having the feeling that the bottom line was that, to properly implement SOA, you need a consultant who knows the field well...and that the author's firm might be happy to provide that consulting.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on May 30, 2004
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If you think about the software development world as architects and engineers. Where architects take a very high level view of the world and don't get into fine grained implementation details. Then if you consider yourself this kind of architect, you will get a lot out of this book.
Though the book is fairly long (~500 pages) the depth of the content is still at the 'field guide' level. This means that the book focuses more on understanding the components of SOA at a holistic level without getting too deep into implementation details.
The first chapter of the book does delve into the basics of the XML core technologies (XML, XML validation, XSL, etc.). After that the book stays at the high level, describing most of the concepts with graphics that do an excellent job showing the document flow between systems.
I recommend this book to architects involved with XML based systems integration projects. I also recommend the book for engineers involved with these types of projects because they will benefit from the high level overview of the entire range of XML technologies.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ben Pilantro on May 7, 2004
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I had high expectations when I ordered this book, and just having completed it, I felt like taking the time to share my opinions. I've read numerous computer books on various subjects. Most follow predictable form, and there's nothing wrong with that. These types of books meet an educational requirement and the more predictable they are the easier it is for readers to use them. This, however, is not such a book, and nor does it claim to be. This book calls itself a Field Guide - a guide you would want with you when you are in "the field". As such, it is structured with quick reference in mind. Not the type of quick reference guide you'd use to look up language syntax or reserved characters. This is a reference guide that you look to for cold, hard advice. If you are struggling with the many new issues that SOA and XML are hitting all of us with, you would use this guide to look for answers. And, on that basis, it really delivers. The author clearly has a depth of expertise that would cost an arm and a leg right now to hire. He has spilled his guts with this book, sharing not only product knowledge but also insights. The real benefit of this book is the insight, because that represents a body of knowledge gained from experience. That type of knowledge is hard to come by, which is why I can see this guide becoming valuable to organizations who lack experience with the whole XML/WS/SO field. I'm reluctant to give any book five stars. I feel that rating should be reserved for books that achieve unparalleled levels of excellence. I gave it four stars, because I feel this book is very, very good. It sets out to cover a cross section of organizational and technical areas that are most likely to be impacted by the arrival of SOA and all that comes with it.Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kishore Dandu on June 24, 2005
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This can be considered the defacto reference for Service oriented infrastructure setup initiatives and approaches.

Thomas Erl has made it a masterpiece with lot of positives, negatives and reasons for different choices that can be considered. First couple of chapters dwell into first and generation of web services including BPEL4WS, WS-S, WS-coordination etc. There is also explanations of strategic approaches of XML and database integration.

In the middle of the book, there are details about SOA and legacy integration and SOA and enterprise integration. Later parts of the book gets into best practises for integrating XML and integrating web services into the overall enterprise stack. All the SOA entities are shown in vivid details pictorially.

This is one of those books written with intent to help the readers with all the possible perspectives(both positive and negative) of the SOA. Great piece of work.
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