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Top Customer Reviews
Major concepts covered include the Enterprise Service Bus and the role of middleware and associated routing methods. There are patterns to be learnt, and different ways to architect a system - hub and spoke, pipeline, point to point and of course SOA itself.
There is a brief mention of grid computing. Very different from cloud computing. A set of machines implementing a grid might well be all at one data center. The grid is a way to do large scale parallel processing on a big data set. Including most relevant for the book, SOA problems.
The jargon of XTP = Extreme Transaction Processing also gets tossed into the text. Only a cursory discussion. XTP seems little more than marketing hype at this time.
Another major idea that you should understand is Web Services. For making interoperable and modular software systems, located across the Web. Using XML as the language of data interchange.Read more ›
Another point that piles up to the confusion is the product orientation of the book. In several places it refers (sometimes implicitly) to obsolete Oracle SOA Suite 10g, in others in Oracle SOA 11g, which is the appropriate thing to do as it is available for almost two years time. There are also two chapters dedicated to the abandoned project of Netbeans + JBI. As the title was published on December 2011, one would expect a more accurate, fresh coverage of SOA. As a side note, it would be extremely useful to relate book chapters with explicit products and their underlying versions.
Drilling down to the material now. The first two chapters (Basic principles and Integration Architecture, principles, patterns) and some part of Chapter number 9 (SOA & Web Services approach) have lots of overlapping and could be merged into a single one. Too much theoretical talk there.Read more ›
This book is special in that it was never intended to be a single book: it is composed from chapters that were published before, in 8 different earlier publications by Packt. That in itself is an interesting premise: a `compendium' or `a book formed by drawing existing content from several related Packt titles. In other words,
it is a mash-up of published Packt content - Professional Expertise Distilled in the true sense. Such a compendium of Packt's content allows you to learn from each of the chapters' unique styles and Packt does its best to compile the chapters without breaking the narrative flow for the reader.'
This idea might be valuable. Offer a medley of 'samplings' from various books, perhaps to bring together all tips in a certain area (say security or governance) or all content for specific roles or to help readers make a choice between several books he or she may be interested in. However, this book does not really achieve nor even seem to have the intention for that. The chapters are not showcases for the books they are taken from (there is no indication in the chapter to explain which book they are taken from and what more that book has to offer). The target audience for the book is not very clear either: many chapters are probably food for architects, but then some are more targeted at developers while others are so high level and introductory that perhaps IT managers or business folk new to the areas of SOA and integration are best served by them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a SOA Best-Of book. It takes the best chapters from the following books.
SOA Approach to Integration
Service Oriented... Read more
This is a big book-- nearly 700 pages. It's a composition made up from several other books, so cohesion is not as strong as it otherwise might be. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Richard J. Wagner