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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. Markus Zirn is a Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware. In this role he heads the Strategic Customer Program, where he works with Oracle's leading and most innovative middleware customers. He has been part of the Enterprise Software industry for more than 10 years, including roles as Vice President of Product Marketing and part of the founding team of QUIQ and as a Management Consultant of Booz Allen & Hamilton's Silicon Valley High Tech Practice. Markus' passion for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and BPEL stems both from practical experience designing and optimizing business processes as part of process reengineering projects and from being part of the advent of "software as a service" before web services became mainstream. He holds a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and is an alumnus of the Tripartite program, a joint European degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, the University of Southampton, UK, and ESIEE, France. Srikant is a product manager for Oracle Fusion Middleware. He is responsible for enhancing and evangelizing best practices for the middleware platform as it relates to Oracle Applications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847198325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847198327
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,627,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bob on November 12, 2010
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Oracle Fusion and Middleware Patterns was not particularly well organized or well written. The book itself appeared to be written by a number of individuals each responsible for differing sections; however their was no attention paid to unifying the diverse styles, or even considering if the title matched the content.

Like the term design patterns, the term Middleware Patterns has specific implications that were not acheived by the authors. Middleware patterns implies that there exist certain Oracle meta-architecture patterns that are reuseable, and these were missing entirely.

The book itself was largely a hodgepodge of case studies that has little to do with any formal architecture definition that could be reused elsewhere. While I am sure that the authors are smart people, they simply cannot write very well, and that is the book's downfall.

Oracle really should have spent more time editing individual author contributions so that the book held together as a cohesive whole, instead of what it became.

I found the book hard to read.
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Over the last few years Orackle FMW has expanded from being an Application Server to being synonymous with an entire suite of products. This rapid expansion in capability has left Oracle practitioners guessing as to what is the right approach for implementing solutions with Oracle FMW. This ambiguity stems not from a limited understanding of the product itself, but from the wide range of options that Oracle FMW provides. There are many right answers and Oracle practitioners have been struggling to leverage field experience and recommended best practices to make the right choices.

"Oracle FMW Middleware Patterns" fills this urgent need to provide field based examples to assist Oracle practitioners in implementing Oracle FMW solutions. The case study based approach is extremely helpful as it makes the product implementation and solutioning process "real". It not only provides guidance in terms of implementing solutions using product components as varied as Oracle BPM and Oracle Coherence, but also provides unique insights into possible solutions that may not have been thought of.

For examples the section on Process Driven SOA development succinctly covers the BPMN to BPEL round trip processing in the context of a solution built for a utility provider. Similarly the section on "Code free Application Extension" is quite insightful in the use of ADF, all in the context of a travel and expense processing business process.

I would recommend this book for gaining valuable field insights from implementations that have been completed. It expands the horizons that Oracle FMW can be used for, as well as, providing a good reference for similar requirements.
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Fusion Middleware Patterns consists of 10 chapters, with Chapter 1 serving as an introduction to the following nine chapters, grouped into 3 sections: Process Improvement, Business Visibility and Collaboration & Security. Generally speaking, each chapter first explores its central topic at a theoretical level, then presents one or more actual case studies as working examples. I found this approach particularly effective in bringing the reader from theory to reality. But most noticeable for me was the degree to which the various authors, who are clearly technologists, viewed their work in business terms. I found it refreshing and the key strength of the book.

It continually strikes a balance between technology and process (i.e. technology as a business process enabler rather than as an end to itself), although the potential downside of course is that this could be viewed as a turn-off for readers looking exclusively for either view. It's most appropriate for those CIO's and their staffs who are evaluating or pursuing a transition from 1st generation ERP packages to 2nd generation Enterprise Systems Platforms. While from a technology view it represents various Oracle Fusion Middleware products, its approaches and sentiments are product-agnostic.

My only criticism (and the reason for the 4 stars out of 5) is that it would have been very helpful for the authors to have summarized the learning's from the 10 chapters and explored the `impacts and implications' that the case studies uncovered. Surely there are some key themes that could have been `aha' moments from the book when viewed in the aggregate.
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I give this book top marks and find it a very engaging, fast-paced and "easy-to-read", and my comments are:

-The authors have done a great job compiling content from 10+ real-life implementations and have distilled that in the form of use-cases accompanied by reference architecture.

-I find it a handy reference on my bookshelf - when one wants to revisit a use-case or an integration pattern and not read up several books instead.

-This book is definitely one of the better books I've read in recent years explaining the "What" as well as some of the "How". Thus ideally meant for architects, leaders, and technology and integration managers.

-Interaction between the different products - Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle BAM, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Essbase and Hyperion, Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle ADF and Oracle EBusiness Suite, Oracle BPM Suite, Oracle BI Publisher - is explained very well, all in one place.

-SOA Composite Development concepts covering E-Business Suite, SOA Suite, ADF, WebCenter and WebCenter Spaces and BI Apps are explained well, and you realize FMW has become a full development platform.

-SOA caching for Service State and Service Results and implementation of Coherence for Grid Caching. I find this to be very useful - and was able to refresh my concepts and understood the solution quickly.

-The use-case showing integration of relational and multi-dimensional data using Oracle Data Integrator is done well, and it includes Essbase and Hyperion for multi-dimensional analysis.

-The use-case are accompanied by XML/code samples, screen-shots and easy description of concepts and value drivers.

If you are a FMW Developer looking for best coding practices to program any of the individual products, this book is likely not the best fit, but for a end-to-end architectural approach and real-life case studies, this is a great read.
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