Soa in Practice: The Art of Distributed System Design


This book demonstrates service-oriented architecture (SOA) as a concrete discipline rather than a hopeful collection of cloud charts. Built upon the author's firsthand experience rolling out a SOA at a major corporation, SOA in Practice explains how SOA can simplify the creation and maintenance of large-scale applications. Whether your project involves a large set of Web Services-based components, or connects legacy applications to modern business processes, this book clarifies ...

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This book demonstrates service-oriented architecture (SOA) as a concrete discipline rather than a hopeful collection of cloud charts. Built upon the author's firsthand experience rolling out a SOA at a major corporation, SOA in Practice explains how SOA can simplify the creation and maintenance of large-scale applications. Whether your project involves a large set of Web Services-based components, or connects legacy applications to modern business processes, this book clarifies how -- and whether -- SOA fits your needs.

SOA has been a vision for years. This book brings it down to earth by describing the real-world problems of implementing and running a SOA in practice. After defining SOA's many facets, examining typical use patterns, and exploring how loose coupling helps build stronger applications, SOA in Practice presents a framework to help you determine when to take advantage of SOA. In this book you will:

  • Focus squarely on real deployment and technology, not just standards maps
  • Examine business problems to determine which ones fit a SOA approach before plastering a SOA solution on top of them
  • Find clear paths for building solutions without getting trapped in the mire of changing web services details
  • Gain the experience of a systems analyst intimately involved with SOA
"The principles and experiences described in this book played an important role in making SOA at T-Mobile a success story, with more than 10 million service calls per day."

--Dr. Steffen Roehn, Member of the Executive Committee T-Mobile International (CIO)

"Nicolai Josuttis has produced something that is rare in the over-hyped world of SOA; a thoughtful work with deep insights based on hands-on experiences. This book is a significant milestone in promoting practical disciplines for all SOA practitioners."

--John Schmidt, Chairman, Integration Consortium

"The book belongs in the hands of every CIO, IT Director and IT planning manager."

--Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group; Executive Director, SOA Consortium

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596529550
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 985,892
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolai Josuttis wrote "The C++ Standard Library" and "C++ Templates" for Addison-Wesley. An experienced systems architect, he recently spent two years rolling out an SOA at a major mobile phone company. Nicolai is presenting tutorials on SOAs at a number of conferences, and has been speaking on the subject for over a year so far.

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Table of Contents

What You Should Know Before Reading This Book;
Structure of the Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Additional Information;
SafariĀ® Books Online;
Feedback, Comments, and Questions;
Chapter 1: Motivation;
1.1 Characteristics of Large Distributed Systems;
1.2 The Tale of the Magic Bus;
1.3 What We Can Learn from the Tale of the Magic Bus;
1.4 History of SOA;
1.5 SOA in Five Slides;
Chapter 2: SOA;
2.1 Definitions of SOA;
2.2 SOA Drivers;
2.3 SOA Concepts;
2.4 SOA Ingredients;
2.5 SOA Is Not a Silver Bullet;
2.6 SOA Is Not a Specific Technology;
2.7 SOA Versus Distributed Objects;
2.8 SOA Terminology;
2.9 Summary;
Chapter 3: Services;
3.1 Services;
3.2 Interfaces and Contracts;
3.3 Additional Service Attributes;
3.4 Summary;
Chapter 4: Loose Coupling;
4.1 The Need for Fault Tolerance;
4.2 Forms of Loose Coupling;
4.3 Dealing with Loose Coupling;
4.4 Summary;
Chapter 5: The Enterprise Service Bus;
5.1 ESB Responsibilities;
5.2 Heterogeneous ESBs;
5.3 ESB Differences;
5.4 Value-Added ESB Services;
5.5 Summary;
Chapter 6: Service Classification;
6.1 A Fundamental Service Classification;
6.2 Basic Services;
6.3 Composed Services;
6.4 Process Services;
6.5 Other Service Classifications;
6.6 Technical and Infrastructure Services;
6.7 Beyond Services;
6.8 Summary;
Chapter 7: Business Process Management;
7.1 BPM Terminology;
7.2 BPM and SOA;
7.3 Example for BPM with Services;
7.4 Business Process Modeling;
7.5 Other Approaches to Identifying Services;
7.6 Orchestration Versus Choreography;
7.7 A Few More Things to Think About;
7.8 Summary;
Chapter 8: SOA and the Organization;
8.1 Roles and Organizations;
8.2 Funding Models;
8.3 Summary;
Chapter 9: SOA in Context;
9.1 SOA-Based Architecture Models;
9.2 Dealing with Frontends and Backends;
9.3 Summary;
Chapter 10: Message Exchange Patterns;
10.1 Introduction to MEPs;
10.2 Basic MEPs;
10.3 More Complicated MEPs;
10.4 Dealing with Reliability and Errors;
10.5 Dealing with Different MEP Layers;
10.6 Event-Driven Architecture;
10.7 Summary;
Chapter 11: Service Lifecycle;
11.1 Services Under Development;
11.2 Services in Production;
11.3 Summary;
Chapter 12: Versioning;
12.1 Versioning Requirements;
12.2 Domain-Driven Versioning;
12.3 Versioning of Data Types;
12.4 Configuration-Management-Driven Versioning;
12.5 Versioning in Practice;
12.6 Summary;
Chapter 13: SOA and Performance;
13.1 Where Performance Matters;
13.2 From Remote Stored Procedures to Services;
13.3 Performance and Reusability;
13.4 Performance and Backward Compatibility;
13.5 Summary;
Chapter 14: SOA and Security;
14.1 Security Requirements;
14.2 Dealing with Security Requirements;
14.3 SOA Security in Practice;
14.4 Security with XML and Web Services;
14.5 When Security Comes into Play;
14.6 Summary;
Chapter 15: Technical Details;
15.1 Services and State;
15.2 Idempotency;
15.3 Testing and Debugging;
15.4 Dealing with Technical Data (Header Data);
15.5 Data Types;
15.6 Error Handling;
15.7 Summary;
Chapter 16: Web Services;
16.1 Motivation for Using Web Services;
16.2 Fundamental Web Services Standards;
16.3 Web Services in Practice;
16.4 Closing Notes;
16.5 Summary;
Chapter 17: Service Management;
17.1 The History of Service Brokers;
17.2 Repositories and Registries;
17.3 Summary;
Chapter 18: Model-Driven Service Development;
18.1 Generated Service Code;
18.2 Modeling Services;
18.3 Meta Models in Practice;
18.4 Setting Up MDSD Processes;
18.5 Tools;
18.6 Avoiding Bottlenecks;
18.7 Summary;
Chapter 19: Establishing SOA and SOA Governance;
19.1 Introducing SOA;
19.2 SOA Governance;
19.3 SOA Step-by-Step;
19.4 Other SOA Approaches;
19.5 Additional Recommendations;
19.6 Summary;
Chapter 20: Epilogue;
20.1 Is SOA Something New?;
20.2 Does SOA Increase Complexity?;
20.3 What Are the Key Success Factors for SOA?;
20.4 Where Is SOA Not Appropriate?;
20.5 Does SOA Replace OOP?;
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