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Arun Poduval works as a Technical consultant at Midwave Corporation specialized in SOA/Middleware. Doug Todd is CTO of Enterra Solutions in Yardley, PA. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems architecture, applications architecture, systems integration, and applications integration with major corporations. Todd is responsible for Enterra's overall IT strategy and tactical implementation, enterprise information architecture, and technology product offerings. Doug Todd worked on Chapter 5. Harish Gaur has more than 13 years of experience in the enterprise software industry including 7+ years at Oracle. He is currently the Director of Product Management for Fusion Middleware at Oracle. In his current role, he works closely with strategic customers implementing SOA & BPM using Oracle Fusion Middleware. He is co-author of BPEL Cookbook (2007) and Fusion Middleware Patterns (Sept 2010) Before Oracle, he worked as a Solution Specialist with Vitria Technology educating customers about the benefits of Business Process Management. Prior to that, he helped Fortune 500 companies architect scalable integration solutions using EAI tools like webMethods and CrossWorlds (now IBM). Harish holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and is an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184968572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849685726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,104,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is akin to scientific monographs like conference proceedings, where each chapter has a different author. The publisher is trying this "Compendium" format with its portfolio of existing single author texts on the many aspects of Service Oriented Architecture. The field has spent the last 10-12 years fleshing out the concepts and implementations. Which accounts in part for the length of the current book. Many, many details. The reader is cautioned that if you have previously read Packt books on SOA, you might well run into familiar sections in some chapters. But the book is meant as a relatively concise summary of how things stand in SOA, circa 2011-2. In this, it is a cheaper alternative than buying several books on each of the SOA subtopics, from this publisher or others.

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.
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Even though the concept of combining material from different, specialized, high-appraised book titles sounds appealing, the final result in this case is frequently inconsistent, with lots of obsolete and overlapping information and limited moments of real value. In total, it clearly diverts from the initial idea of delivering the "Best of" Packt's titles. Having studied the fellow titles "Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1 Developer's Guide" or the "Getting Started with Oracle BPM Suite 11gR1 - A Hands-On Tutorial", there is plenty of material that could be incorporated in a "best of" effort basis.

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.
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The anthology format

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.
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