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If you're designing services for service-oriented environments, you'll find Thomas Erl's SOA: Principles of Service Design utterly indispensable. Just as Erl promises, if you read this book, you'll not only be able to "speak about service-oriented computing from a real world perspective": You'll make far more effective choices about technology, design, development, delivery, and governance.
Erl masterfully introduces the common principles and patterns of effective services design. Next, he drills down into each key area: contracts, coupling, abstraction, reusability, autonomy, statelessness, discoverability, and "composability." There's a full chapter comparing the SOA and object paradigms; another on incorporating service-oriented principles within the typical IT organization; and another on mapping SOA design principles to business strategy.
This book's been called an "encyclopedia" of service design, but it's far more than a passive "shelf" reference: It's a complete road map for success. Bill Camarda, from the September 2007 Read Only