SOA for the Business Developer: Concepts, BPEL, and SCA

Overview

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a way of organizing software. If your company’s development projects adhere to the principles of SOA, the outcome will be an inventory of modular units called "services," which allow for a quick response to change.

This book tells the SOA story in a simple, straightforward manner that will help you understand not only the buzzwords and benefits, but also the technologies that underlie SOA: XML, WSDL, SOAP, XPath, BPEL, SCA, and SDO. And ...

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Overview

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a way of organizing software. If your company’s development projects adhere to the principles of SOA, the outcome will be an inventory of modular units called "services," which allow for a quick response to change.

This book tells the SOA story in a simple, straightforward manner that will help you understand not only the buzzwords and benefits, but also the technologies that underlie SOA: XML, WSDL, SOAP, XPath, BPEL, SCA, and SDO. And through it all, the authors provide business examples and illustrations, giving a practical meaning to abstract ideas.

SOA for the Business Developer

• Gives a detailed overview of Extensible Markup Language (XML), including namespaces and XML schema.

• Describes Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) and SOAP, the standard SOA technologies.

• Gives a clear tutorial on XML Path Language (XPath), a language for deriving data from transmitted messages and other sources. XPath is useful for working with a variety of other technologies, including several described in this book.

• Gives comprehensive details on BPEL 2.0, a language that coordinates services and whose preceding version is already in numerous products. Our coverage is sufficient for most of your work with BPEL and includes a quick-reference guide.

• Introduces Service Component Architecture (SCA), a proposed standard for composing and deploying applications. You’re sure to hear more of SCA, which is sponsored by 18 companies, including IBM, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.

• Introduces Service Data Objects (SDO), a proposed standard for representing data in a single way, even if the data comes from different types of data sources. SDO is likely to accompany SCA into the limelight.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Stands out from the crowd, complementing the 100+ books now available on SOA."  —Norbert Bieberstein, author, Service-Oriented Architecture Compass

"Offers a comprehensive yet very approachable introduction to service-oriented architecture."  —Grady Booch, IBM Fellow and cocreator of the Unified Modeling Language

"Should be on the must-read list for every business and IT manager."  —Bob Thomas, publisher, Align Journal

"Covers services and their recursive composition into more complex services at a profound technical level, incorporating all relevant WS-* standards."  —Matthias Kloppmann, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Business Process Technology

"Weaves [SOA] into a coherent pattern that ordinary mortals can hope to understand and, more importantly, practically apply to their own situations."  —
Michael Guttman, Object Management Group authority on Model Driven Architecture (MDA) and coauthor, Real-Life MDA

"Gives programmers and managers a friendly and rapid introduction to service-oriented architecture, with practical examples."  —Frank Cohen, author, FastSOA

"Margolis and Sharpe (both, IBM) provide a very comprehensive introduction to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for programmers. Highly recommended." —Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583470657
  • Publisher: Mc Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: Business Developers series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Margolis designed and co-developed a financial system for IBM's headquarters, received editorial training at EEI Communications, and holds a Master of Science from the State University of New York–Stony Brook and a Certificate in Programming from North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Services
Chapter 3: Highlight Insurance
Chapter 4: XML
Chapter 5: Established SOA Standards
Chapter 6: Introduction to XPath
Chapter 7: Introduction to BPEL
Chapter 8: BPEL Activity Highlights
Chapter 9: Introduction to SCA
Chapter 10: Introduction to SDO
Appendix A: Guide to a Subset of WS-*
Appendix B: Setup for XPath Practice
Appendix C: Reference Guide for BPEL 2.0
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