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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (October 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013613517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136135173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 2.4 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Thomas Erl is a best-selling IT author and founder of CloudSchool.com™ andSOASchool.com ®. 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 (servicetechbooks.com ), as well as the editor of the Service Technology Magazine (servicetechmag.com). 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 CloudSchool.com™ andSOASchool.com ®, 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.
 
Priscilla Walmsley serves as Managing Director of Datypic, a consultancy specializing in XML architecture and design, SOA and Web services implementation, and content management. She is the author of Definitive XML Schema (Prentice Hall), as well as XQuery (O'Reilly Media).

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Preface

After we completed this manuscript, I checked the schedule and noticed our original start date. From the initial kick-off call during which everyone was given the green light to begin writing their chapters to the day I had to hand over the manuscript to Prentice Hall for indexing spanned a period of about 32 months. I initially didn't think too much of it because I already knew this project had taken over two years. But when I looked at that number again sometime later, it struck me.

The time it has taken for this book to be developed and authored is actually comparable to the time it originally took for several of the XML and Web services-based technology specifications covered in this book to be developed into fully ratified standards.

Though a curious statistic, this comparison doesn't do the subject matter justice. The development processes these technology standards were subject to are on entirely different levels, in that they were vastly complex both from human and technology perspectives.

There's the human element that emerges in the technical committee that is tasked with the responsibility of producing a standard. Such a committee will be comprised of members with different agendas, different perceptions, and different personalities. So many differences can turn a standards development process into a rollercoaster of group dynamics, ranging from strong teamwork to stages of scrutiny, confrontation, and even raw tension. Trying to achieve a consensus in an active technical committee is not for the weak at heart.

And then there's the technology element, which is reflected in the deliverables produced by the committee. Technical specifications are meticulously crafted and worded and revised and reworded in continuous, patient, and sometimes mind-numbingly tedious cycles. But despite best efforts, creating a new language or vocabulary that will meet the ever-escalating needs and expectations of the industry as a whole is a daunting prospect. Not to mention that there is a constant possibility that the particular standard a committee might have spent a good part their lives working on will be overshadowed by a competing effort or perhaps even rejected by the industry altogether.

But amidst these challenges, there have been many success stories. In a way, this book is a testament of this in that it documents a collection of respected and widely-recognized de facto standards that have established themselves as important IT milestones.

Ultimately, though, this book is about you, the reader. It was written for you to fully leverage what these technology standards have to offer. As successful as these technologies have been, what counts in the end is how effective they are for you.

—Thomas Erl


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Trent Austin on January 13, 2010
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I just wanted to let other Kindle owners in the IT profession know that the content of this book is as good as the other reviews indicate, but you should buy the paper edition rather than the Kindle edition.

Most of the xml in the Kindle edition is unreadable, due to its being truncated at the left margin, and sometimes at the bottom of the page, as well. Some of the sidebar content has the same problem.

All in all, there's just too much content missing from the Kindle edition. With the hard copy being just ten dollars more, it's the better choice.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe on April 8, 2009
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The "Web Service Contract Design & Versioning for SOA" text is yet another great book from the Thomas Erl SOA series. What's great about this book is that it focuses exclusively on the contract part of the service; too often, even while espousing the benefits of top-down service design, SOA literature treats contract design as a side-note. To truly be successful with SOA, the contract must be designed, developed, and governed independently of the service logic behind it. This book is filled with a wealth of information and examples of how to meet those goals; any serious SOA effort will benefit tremendously by the concepts presented in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NB on January 2, 2010
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A must read book for anyone who wants to gain knowledge about service design and web service contracts. I liked the case studies in each chapters, detailed chapters on web service specifications and the 3 chapters on versioning options and strategy is explained quite well. I hope the next version of the book include few chapters on RESTful service and address some of the concerns like design, use cases and versioning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Riley on February 20, 2009
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Building quality contracts using Web Services via a top down approach can be scary for the uninitiated. This book provides a vendor-agnostic discussion and reference for service architects in the areas of schema, wsdl, policy and governance that is unmatched in my research and reading. Highly recommend this to understand the practical implementation of a top down approach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. on January 22, 2009
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I read this book after attending one of Thomas Erl's seminar's. SOA design concepts and benefits are clearly defined, and most importantly, this book helped me see through a lot of the noise that's out there about SOA and understand what's important and why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald F. Nelson on December 2, 2009
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Read it front to back and learned a lot, needed more but at this price can't afford more. Only book on this usbject that helped with an overview, some detail yet need more..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Schneider on January 19, 2009
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When you sign up for a Web services and/or full Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) project, you're also committing to learn about a host of standards including XML, XML schema, XML namespaces, WSDL, WS-Policy, and WS-Addressing. It's a sad but true fact that these are far from intuitive, and can be quite intimidating to both architects and developers. To make matters worse, ignoring or improperly implementing these technologies greatly diminishes the chance that your project will be successful.

Luckily, there's no need to go it alone. Thomas Erl and a collection of industry experts have added to the authoritative SOA series with this helpful book aimed squarely at assisting architects and developers to effectively take advantage of these essential standards. Using clear, easy-to-understand language it explains basic, intermediate, and advanced concepts, making it suitable for readers of all levels. It also includes extensive best practices regarding the important topic of governance. Comprehensive case studies are found throughout the book, providing realistic guidance on how to properly apply the lessons learned.
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This book is exactly what I expected it to be , it complements the "SOA Design Patterns" book by covering topics not included in that book
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