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"This book does the best job of describing not only "where we are" in the timeline of enterprise integration efforts, but also providing strategic guidance for where we need to be. The authors have worked diligently to break down the integration problem into functional areas, and send you down the path of strategic integration utilizing XML Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture as the vehicle of choice. You will love this book!"

Daniel Edgar, Architect, Portland General Electric

"E-Government needs a comprehensive guide to SOA with Web Services standards and best practices for implementation to get from the current "as is" to the future "to be" architecture. This book meets that need superbly."

Brand Niemann, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Semantic (Web Services) Interoperability Community of Practice, U.S. Federal CIO Council.

"There are many books on SOA available today, but Understanding SOA with Web Services stands out from the pack because of its thorough, outstanding coverage of transactions, reliability, and process. Where most SOA books focus on integration and architecture basics, Lomow and Newcomer fearlessly dive into these more advanced, yet critical, topics, and provide a depth of treatment unavailable anywhere else."

Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst, ZapThink LLC

"This book provides a wealth of content on Web Services and SOA not found elsewhere. Although the book is technical in nature, it is surprisingly easy to read and digest. Managers who would like to keep up with the most effective technical strategies will find this book required reading."

Hari Mailvaganam, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

"I have been teaching companies and lecturing on SOA and XML Web Services for years and sort of felt at home with these technologies. I didn't think anyone else could teach me anything more significant about either of them. This book surprised me. If a person teaching SOA and Web Services can learn something from this book, you can too. This book is a must-read for all architects, senior developers, and concerned CTOs."

Sayed Y. Hashimi, SOA Consultant

"Newcomer and Lomow are no doubt the industry luminaries on the topics of Web Services, Service-Oriented Architecture, and integration. This book is sure to be a must-have for developers and architects looking to take advantage of the coming wave of standards-based, loosely coupled integration."

Ronald Schmelzer, Senior Analyst, ZapThink, LLC
Author of XML and Web Services Unleashed (Sams, 2002)

"The author makes it quite clear: SOA is an organizational principle and Web Service technology is a means to realize enterprise solutions according to this. SOA is the federative concept of nature and efficient societies. The book is an excellent starting-point to discover the new world of an IT-infrastructure adjusted to efficient business strategies and processes in a global value-add network."

Johann Wagner, Senior Architect, Siemens Business Services Author of Föderative Unternehmensprozesse

"Finally, here's a third-generation Web services book that delivers pragmatic solutions using SOAs. Newcomer and Lomow draw from their years of real-world experience ranging from developing Web services standards to hands-on applications. Listen to them."

DOUG KAYE, author of Loosely Coupled: The Missing Pieces of Web Services
Host and producer, IT Conversations (www.itconversations.com)

The definitive guide to using Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web services technologies to simplify IT infrastructure and improve business agility. Renowned experts Eric Newcomer and Greg Lomow offer practical strategies and proven best practices for every facet of SOA planning and implementation. Newcomer and Lomow pick up where Newcomer's widely read Understanding Web Services left off, showing how to fully leverage today's latest Web services standards for metadata management, security, reliable messaging, transactions, and orchestration.

Along the way, they present specific approaches and solutions for a wide range of enterprise integration and development challenges, including the largest and most complex.

Coverage includes

  • Why SOA has emerged as the dominant approach to enterprise integration

  • How and why Web services provide the ideal foundation for SOA

  • Underlying concepts shared by all SOAs: governance, service contracts, Web services platforms, service-oriented development, and more

  • Implementing service-level communications, discovery, security, data handling, transaction management, and system management

  • Using SOA to deliver application interoperability, multichannel client access, and business process management

  • Practical tutorials on WS-Security, WS-Reliable Messaging, WS-AtomicTransactions, WS-Composite Application Framework, WS-Addressing, WS-Policy, and WS-BPEL

Whether you're an architect, developer, or IT manager, Understanding SOA with Web Services will help you get SOA right—and achieve both the business and technical goals you've set for it.


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About the Author

About the Authors

In the role of Chief Technology Officer at IONA, Eric Newcomer is responsible for IONA's technology roadmap and direction as relates to standards adoption, architecture, and product design. Eric joined IONA in November 1999 as transaction architect, and most recently served as Vice President of Engineering, Web Services Integration Products. Eric has 26 years experience in the computer industry, including more than 15 years at Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq Computer, where he held a variety of technical and management positions before receiving a corporate-level technical appointment. Eric received his BA in American Studies from Antioch College, with a minor in computer science.

In addition to Understanding Web Services, published in 2002, Eric is co-author of Principles of Transaction Processing, published in 1997 by Morgan Kaufman, and co-author of a chapter called "The Keys to the Highway" in The Future of Software, published in 1995 by MIT Press. Eric is also the author of numerous white papers and articles, co-author and editor of the Structured Transaction Definition Language specification published by X/Open (now The Open Group) in 1994, former member of the Transaction Internet Protocol working group at IETF, former member of the X/Open Distributed Transaction Processing committee that created the XA specification, former chair of the OTS RTF at OMG, and chair of the team that developed the XML Valuetype specification at OMG to map XML to CORBA. He was a charter member of the XML Protocols Working Group at W3C, where he served as an editor of the requirements document that led to SOAP 1.2. He served for nearly two years as an editor of the W3C Web Services Architecture Specification, and most recently served as co-chair and editor of the Web Services Composite Application Framework set of specifications at OASIS.

Greg Lomow, Ph.D., is a senior manager and consultant for BearingPoint, Inc. Greg has 12 years of experience as a consultant and enterprise architect working in the financial services, telecom, and federal government sectors designing business applications using service-oriented architecture, developing simulation applications using distributed object technology, and training developers in object-oriented design and programming techniques. He also worked for eight years as a product manager at Jade Simulations, Level 8 Systems, and IONA Technologies responsible for integration, web services, and middleware products. Greg co-authored C++ Frequently Asked Questions published by Addison-Wesley in October 1999 (1st ed.) and again in January 1999 (2nd ed.). He completed his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Calgary, Canada, in 1988. Greg is an active member of the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Organization.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321180860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321180865
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently started a new job as an integration architect at Credit Suisse in New York, within the CTO Department. I am formerly CTO at IONA Technologies and TP Architect at Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of HP).

I started my career in 1978 in Chicago, working on criminal justice applications for the State of Illinois. You know the opening scene of the "Blues Brothers" at Joliet Prison? I was there around the same time, on the way to and from interviewing and training guards to use our new online TP prisoner tracking system. After that I moved back east to design and develop the online order entry/inventory management system for worldwide subsidiaries of Salamon Ski.

After that I joined Digital Equipment Corporation. In those days (1984) it was hard to imagine a more secure job or better working environment. I often say I received my computer science education there. I had nearly 16 great years there, working with some of the best software engineers in the industry, including TP pioneers such as Jim Gray and Phil Bernstein, with whom I wrote "Principles of Transaction Processing."

During my first year at IONA (I started in November, 1999) I got the company involved with Web services and as an early contributor to SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI I started writing "Understanding Web Services" for Addison Wesley. The book won two awards, including a prestigious Jolt Award and the Web Services Journal Reader's Choice award (which was a popular vote award), and became one of the top selling Web services books.

That led to the opportunity to work on a follow-up book, "Understanding SOA with Web Services," for that I got some great help from Greg Lomow, a great technologist and senior consultant in the SOA field. This particular book is coming in very handy at my new job, and has sold well.

During the past couple of years Phil and I worked hard to "Principles of Transaction Processing" and bring it up to date to reflect all the changes in the TP industry during the past 12 years.

I hope you enjoy the books I've worked on, and if you have read one or more of them please consider posting your comments on Amazon. Thanks.

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This book is a great introduction to the differences between SOA and Web Services.
M. C. Little
Even more rarely will it cover the technology with the breadth and depth that these two industry luminaries demonstrate.
Jamie Osborne
The writing style is clear and lucid - even some of the more technical concepts are easy to grasp.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on January 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
There are a variety of architectural works out on SOA. This is another architectural book in this crowded field. There is reasonably in-depth coverage of the role of each of the web services standards. Though I find the tone of this particular book a bit more accessible than the others. The author is plain spoken and pragmatic.

There is some code in the book, in C# and C++. Though this is certainly not the focus of the book. Which is a straightforward walkthrough from web service standard basics, through integration, security and into transactions. It's a fairly short book, with each chapter at around 30-40 pages and the whole book weighing in at 400 pages.

You will most likely have to buy other books and check other web resources to get in-depth coverage for your language of choice after taking the tour that is this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2005
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While it's pretty easy to understand the basic concept of web services, it's a bit harder to put it into the full Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) framework. Eric Newcomer and Greg Lomow do a good job of sorting things out in the book Understanding SOA with Web Services (Addison-Wesley).

Chapter List: Introduction to SOA with Web Services; Overview of Service-Oriented Architecture; SOA and Web Services; SOA and Web Services for Integration; SOA and Multi-Channel Access; SOA and Business Process Management; Metadata Management; Web Services Security; Advanced Messaging; Transaction Processing; Bibliography; Index

Now, what this book *isn't* is a detailed reference manual on web services and how they work. There are plenty of other reference sources for that. This book is more along the lines of a very good architectural treatment of web services, something that would be appropriate for a technology architect in an organization. The material shows not only what web services are, but how to build an environment of applications that are based on calling those services to get things done. If you follow their advice closely, you'll find that application development can start to resemble a Lego-type structure. You build applications by stringing together existing business processes that are encapsulated as web services. They also cover many of the up and coming web services standards that are slowly winding their way through committee, such as WS-Trust, WS-Federation, and a multitude of other similarly named standards. By the time you get done, you should have a pretty thorough understanding of the strong and weak points of web services, and how best to implement them in your environment.

If web services are important to your organization (and they probably should be), this is a good book to read...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2005
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This book is worth buying even if you stop reading it after the first few chapters. These provide not only technical advice but, even more useful, guides and templates for getting started with SOA: fine grained, coarse grained, consumer has to know details of the service he's calling, J2EE, .NET, LAMP, CORBA, whatever. All are covered at a level which makes sense in the concept of Service-oriented Architecture and design.

If you're into the nitty gritty of SOA and Web Services, then the book is also a must as it provides the reader with a wonderful insight into how, from the high level of SOA one gets down to the actual XML on the wire.

I have taken to "stealing" bits from the book --suitably attributed and with the permission of the authors, of course!-- as I have not found anything near as good and am unable to come up with something as complete and overarching myself.

My congratulations to the authors on an absolutely great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Little on May 1, 2005
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Firstly this book is an excellent compliment to Eric's other book: Understanding Web Services. Definitely worth reading that one as well (it doesn't really make a difference which order).

This book is a great introduction to the differences between SOA and Web Services. Too many other books tie these two concepts together as though SOA didn't exist before Web Services. SOA had been around for a long time prior to Web Services, which is simply one way of doing SOA. In this book you don't really get into the meat of Web services until page 100, which is the way it should be: the authors lay the groundwork for a concrete realisation of SOA by going into detail about what SOA is, how it's important and how to plan for it within an organisation.

I found the book a very easy read, which is important for this subject: the architectural principles behind this stuff aren't rocket science, but too often other texts dive straight into specifications/standards and blind you with Three Letter Acornyms. The authors of this book build up the book in a way which flows naturally and each chapter delivers on technical and business-oriented rationals.

Summary: if you're looking for a good text on what SOA is, what it means to you as an architect or as a business, and how Web Services may fit into that picture, then don't hesitate to get this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gunnar Peterson on July 6, 2006
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This is one of the main books I recommend to clients on SOA and Web Services. Several parts of the book that stand out from what I have seen in the rest of the field including the section on Advanced Messaging and Transactions. The work is particularly strong in the "why are we here and how did we get here" with regard to web service evolving from various technologies like MQ, Tx systems, and mainframes, and describes where Web services has advantages and disadvantages over those technologies in a non-religious format. In Chapter 3, for example, MQ, CORBA, and XML web Services are compared across a set of criteria including: service contracts, data management, registration and discovery, security, interaction patterns, communication, and QoS. These objective analyses are some of the most valuable resources in the book, because when looking at Web Services' integration it helps the architect see where the strengthes and weaknesses lie.

The only nit is section on security is good by normal programming books standards, but more emphasis on the gaps in the standards would be useful, for example input validation, and security exceptions which are a fact of life in distributed security, but are not dealt with by standards are not covered.

This book describes what gaps SOA/Web Services address and why, where the technology is going, and what you can do about it today. Very valuable.
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