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Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Paperback – September 7, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
It gives decent primers on Window Communication Foundation (WCF) 4.0 and Windows Workflow (WF) 4.0, Windows Server AppFabric, BizTalk, SQL Server, and Windows Azure.
The primers are thorough enough to give you a decent understanding of each technology.
The book then covers common scenarios found in most enterprise level applications. The scenarios include, Simple Workflow, Content-based Routing, Publish-Subscribe, Repair/Resubmit with Human Workflow, Remote Message Broadcasting, Debatching Bulk Data, Complex Event Processing, Cross-Organizational Supply Chain, Multiple Master Synchronization, Rapid Flexible Scalability, Low-Latency Request-Reply, Handling Large Session and Reference Data, and Website Load Burst and Failover.
Each topic has a complete chapter dedicated to it.
The chapters start off by describing the requirements, presenting a pattern, and then they list several candidate architectures giving the good and bad aspects of each. They then pick the best one and implement a solution.
Most of the chapters were pretty good. The only one I found really lacking was the one on Multiple Master Synchronization. It included SSIS, Search Server Express, and Microsoft's Master Data Services as part of the solution. The details of the solutions were way to vague to give any real insight into how to implement the suggested architecture.
All in all I found this book a very interesting read. It gave some great insight into Microsoft's current technology stack. I definitely recommend grabbing a copy.
The content is not available on any other book that cover the app plat technology stack. By taking an approach of `given this scenario with these real life considerations this is how I would you build the solution' it shows the author's thought process which sometimes is the hardest part of a project.
It's exactly what the title says - a rundown of the various Microsoft platforms like SQL Server, Exchange and Windows - and Azure - and covers where each of these can be used. I really like it - you should definitely check it out. Even working at Microsoft I'm not always sure where to use each platform - this book helps me understand where to do that. I'd love to see an open-source version, Oracle and others with this same information. It's invaluable for the Architect.
It's not another one of those "what's possible with cloud computing" books. The authors took a pragmatic approach to identify and describe today's real-world architectural issues and patterns, from simple workflows, the requisite pub-sub, content-based routing, message broadcasting, etc., to complex event processing, master data synchronization, handling large data and burst Web traffic; and provided architectural considerations (including on-premises and cloud-based models) and options on how these commonly encountered patterns can be implemented with the components of the Microsoft enterprise platform.
To start off I make my living as a software consultant and I pride myself on my knowledge of many areas of technology, currently in the Microsoft stack. Because of this I think my view of the book has been slightly skewed, to further complicate things I also view myself as an early adopter oftentimes tinkering with the latest CTP of the developer tools for various new products.
The book starts by going across the architectural overview that attempts to set down the parameters for what the rest of the book is built against. This section of the book is reserved for the youngest among the developer an architect crowd, and I would imagine would be the most skipped out of all the chapters.
The next section of the book deals with primers for each of the different technologies that they are working with including windows communication foundation and workflow foundation, app fabric, biz talk, SQL server (SSIS and SSSB) , and windows azure. These particular chapters I found to be of little help, simply because I keep up with many of the technologies. However if you are walking into a situation where you know nothing about these technologies, then you might find the primer chapters useful.
The next section of the book consists of problems that were picked so that they would meet the needs of the examples.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great high-level overview with a little hands on for each area. Not enough to become proficient, but enough to appreciate the capability. Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Glenn R Walker
I purchased and opened this book with great enthusiasm, which quickly wore away. My primary issue is the code examples were incomplete. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by B. Ogatiy
This books is a great resources for architecting on the Microsoft stack. It gives you just enough information to point you in the right directions. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by David M. Davis