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Richard Seroter is a solutions architect for an industry-leading biotechnology company, a Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server, and a Microsoft Connected Systems Advisor. He has spent the majority of his career consulting with customers as they planned and implemented their enterprise software solutions. Richard worked first for two global IT consulting firms, which gave him exposure to a diverse range of industries, technologies, and business challenges. Richard then joined Microsoft as a SOA/BPM technology specialist where his sole objective was to educate and collaborate with customers as they considered, designed, and architected BizTalk solutions. One of those customers liked him enough to bring him onboard full time as an architect after they committed to using BizTalk Server as their enterprise service bus. Once the BizTalk environment was successfully established, Richard transitioned into a solutions architect role where he now helps identify enterprise best practices and applies good architectural principles to a wide set of IT initiatives. Richard maintains a semi-popular blog of his exploits, pitfalls, and musings with BizTalk Server and enterprise architecture at http://seroter.wordpress.com. The authors have provided a website with further information about the book here: http://appliedarchitecturepatterns.com/
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184968054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849680547
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T Anderson VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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This is a book that would be good for anyone that wants to get a snapshot of the current Microsoft technology stack.

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.
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I believe any self-respecting architect in the application platform space needs to read that book. The real value of the book to me was how it presents a way of applying the Microsoft application platform technology stack to the decision framework.
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.
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Full disclosure - I work at Microsoft, on the Azure platform. But I worked in IT for 25 years prior to coming here, some of that as a Senior Architect, selecting solutions to fix business problems.

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.
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This book covers different architectural perspectives, and provides a nice overview on the latest shipping technologies on the Microsoft enterprise platform including WCF/WF 4.0, Windows Server AppFabric (which is one of the most interesting things on the Microsoft platform today IMO, including the Windows Azure AppFabric), BizTalk Server, SQL Server and StreamInsight, and Windows Azure platform. It then goes into more detail around various types of application and data integration patterns (and at different levels; not just messaging patterns), and discusses the trade-offs and best practices for the multiple solutions that can be used to apply each pattern, and scenarios.

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.
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When I found out that Stephen Thomas was writing a book about the upcoming technologies with some of the experts in these technologies, I immediately thought to myself I need to read this book. So after getting my hands on a copy of Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform I found myself with both some interesting reading material as well as a crash course on some of the architectural designs for upcoming and current Microsoft technology.

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.
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