Middleware and Enterprise Application Integration: The Architecture of e-Business Solutions / Edition 2

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Middleware is a layer of software that lets business applications inter-operate and eases the problem of constructing complex applications that can include market places, CRM and Internet access. The world of middleware has recently been galvanised by the arrival of the Internet and then by Java, making it part of the e-commerce revolution. This text provides a practical introduction to the different forms of middleware (RPC, message queues, hub and spoke, CORBA and Java) and how they can be combined to produce complex architectures that are suited to business needs.

-Contributes to the diffusion and understanding of the importance of the role of middleware in the design of complex information systems. -Relevant text for courses on Information Technology applied to Business Management. -The first edition of this title was a bestseller.

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"Middleware and EAI offer the promise of ‘joined-up computing’. … The main approaches to middleware and EAI are surveyed … . The content is clearly laid out and easy to read, especially as it is printed in a large font. … It is a good introduction to the subject for consultants, managers and designers of complex business software." (Carey Gray, Computer Bulletin-online, May, 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852335700
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Series: Practitioner Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 2nd ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Enterprise Application Integration.- 1.1 Problems to Solve.- 1.2 Application Integration: Semantic Level and System Level.- 1.3 Different Sorts of Middleware.- 1.4 Middleware and e-Business Architectures.- 1.5 Object-oriented Modelling for Constructing Architectures.- 1.6 Conclusion.- 2. RPC-based Middleware.- 2.1 The Client-Server Model.- 2.2 Client-Server and Procedure Call.- 2.3 Principles of the Remote Procedure Call Architecture.- 2.4 Concept of Contract Between Client and Server.- 2.5 Structure of Communication.- 2.6 The Standard.- 3. CORBA: Standard Object-based Middleware.- 3.1 Introduction.- 3.2 The CORBA Conceptual Model.- 3.3 The CORBA Architecture.- 3.4 The CORBA 2.0 Standard.- 3.5 Object Services.- 3.6 The CORBA 3.0 Standard.- 4. OLE/COM: Object-based Middleware from Microsoft.- 4.1 Introduction.- 4.2 The COM Object Model.- 4.3 OLE2.- 4.4 The DCOM Model.- 4.5 Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS).- 5. Comparison Between CORBA and OLE/COM.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 Code Reuse: Inheritance and Aggregation.- 5.3 Composite Document Handling: OLE2 (COM) and OpenDoc (CORBA).- 5.4 Bridge Between CORBA and DCOM.- 5.5 Summary Table.- 6. Java RMI and Java Beans.- 6.1 The Java Language.- 6.2 Distributed Processing According to Java.- 6.3 Internet: Downloading and Execution of Applets.- 6.4 Remote Method Call: Java RMI.- 6.5 Component-based Software: Java Beans and ActiveX.- 7. Message-based Middleware.- 7.1 Introduction.- 7.2 Principal Functions.- 7.3 Evaluation of the Principal Products.- 8. Introduction to the Internet.- 8.1 The Network of Networks.- 8.2 Definition of the Principal Terms.- 8.3 The World Wide Web.- 9. e-Business Architectures.- 9.1 Information Publication on the Web.- 9.2 Interaction with an Enterprise Server.- 9.3 Transactions with an Application Server.- 9.4 Integrating the Application Server with the Back-office.- 9.5 B2B Example: Marketplaces.- 10. Conclusion.- 10.1 Choose Your Middleware.- 10.2 The Complete Approach: From Business Needs to Middleware Infrastructure.- Appendix A: Introduction to Object Technology.- A.1 The Concept of an Object.- A.2 Principal Characteristics of Object Technology.- Appendix B: MethodF”: A Method for Object-oriented Analysis and Design.- B.1 Introduction.- B.2 Specification Phase.- B.3 Analysis Phase.- B.4 Design Phase.- B.5 Implementation Phase.- B.6 Summary of MethodF’s Principal Steps.- Appendix C: Glossary.- Bibliography/Cybography.

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