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SOA with .NET and Windows Azure: Realizing Service-Orientation with the Microsoft Platform

SOA with .NET and Windows Azure: Realizing Service-Orientation with the Microsoft Platform

by Thomas Erl

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The Authoritative Guide to Building Service-Oriented Solutions with Microsoft .NET Technologies and the Windows Azure Cloud Computing Platform

In SOA with .NET and Windows Azure, top Microsoft technology experts team up with Thomas Erl to explore service-oriented computing with Microsoft’s latest .NET service technologies and Windows Azure


The Authoritative Guide to Building Service-Oriented Solutions with Microsoft .NET Technologies and the Windows Azure Cloud Computing Platform

In SOA with .NET and Windows Azure, top Microsoft technology experts team up with Thomas Erl to explore service-oriented computing with Microsoft’s latest .NET service technologies and Windows Azure innovations.


The authors provide comprehensive documentation of on-premise and cloud-based modern service technology advancements within the Microsoft platform and further show how these technologies have increased the potential for applying and realizing service-orientation practices and goals.


Specifically, the book delves into Microsoft enterprise technologies, such as:

  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Windows Azure
  • Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
  • Windows Azure AppFabric
  • BizTalk Server
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

...as well as industry service mediums, including WS-* and REST, and many related service industry standards and technologies.


The book steps through common SOA design patterns and service-orientation principles, along with numerous code-level examples that further detail various technology architectures and implementations.


Topic Areas

This book covers the following primary topics:

  • Microsoft Service Technologies
  • Microsoft Enterprise Technologies
  • On-Premise & Cloud-Based Service Topics
  • Industry Service Technologies & Mediums
  • Service-Oriented Technology Architectural Models
  • Service-Orientation Design Paradigm
  • Service-Orientation Design Principles
  • SOA Design Patterns


About the Web Sites

This book series is further supported by a series of resources sites, including:

  • www.soabooks.com
  • www.soaspecs.com
  • www.soamag.com
  • www.serviceorientation.com
  • www.soapatterns.org
  • www.soaprinciples.com
  • www.whatissoa.com

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Explaining the intersection of these two worlds--service-orientation and .NET technologies--is exactly what this book does. Its team of specialist authors provides a concrete, usable guide to this combination, ranging from the fundamentals of service-orientation to the more rarified air of .NET services in the cloud and beyond. If you’re creating service-oriented software on the Microsoft platform--that is, if you’re a serious .NET developer--mastering these ideas is a must.”

--From the Foreword by David Chappell, Chappell & Associates

“Microsoft’s diverse product line has long supported the service-oriented enterprise, but putting it all together into a cohesive whole can be daunting. From more established products, like Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and BizTalk Server, to newer offerings like Windows Azure and AppFabric, the experts assembled here expose the sweet spots for each technology, talk through the high-level trade-offs, and offer a roadmap to a unified Microsoft SOA story.”

--Kevin P. Davis, Ph.D., Software Architect

“This book excels in giving hands-on and in-depth expertise on the SOA architecture style with the .NET framework and the Azure cloud platform. It’s a practical guide for developers, architects, and SOA implementers. A must read!”

--Ricardo P. Schluter, ICT Architect, Parnassia Bavo Group

“While the industry overall may have hyped ‘the cloud’ to the level it often seems to cure world hunger, SOA with .NET and Windows Azure helps cut through the questions and hype and more clearly discusses the benefits and practical techniques for putting it to work in the real world. This book helps you understand the benefits associated with SOA and cloud computing, and also the techniques for connecting your current IT assets with new composite applications and data running in the cloud. This book will help you understand modern middleware technologies and harness the benefits of the cloud both on and off premises.”

--Burley Kawasaki, Director of Product Management, Microsoft

“The authors have a combined SOA and .NET experience of several decades—which becomes obvious when reading this book. They don’t just lead you down one path with a single descriptive solution. Instead, the sometimes nasty trade-offs that architects face in their design decisions are addressed. These are then mapped to the Microsoft .NET platform with clear code examples. A very refreshing look at this major contender in the SOA space and a definite must for the .NET SOA practitioner!”

Dr. Thomas Rischbeck, IT Architect, Innovation Process Technology

“In order to evolve as a software craftsman one must read excellent books that will help you grow and evolve in your profession. One of those books that every software craftsmen interested in good design and best practices should read is SOA with .NET and Windows Azure. With this book, you will learn which design patterns will provide the best solution for the kinds of software design problems you, as a developer or designer, face every day. This book has everything that software architects, software designers, and programmers need to know when building great quality software with Microsoft technologies.

“This will undoubtedly be one of those books that you reference repeatedly when starting new SOA projects. There is plenty of information that even those not working with typical service-oriented architecture will find very useful. With plenty of real-life examples (code, design, and modeling), readers see in a practical manner how they could use SOA patterns to solve everyday software problems and be more productive. SOA with .NET and Windows Azure will fit in my top three books and will definitely be one of those that I will use in my everyday work.”

--Arman Kurtagic, Consultant at Omegapoint AB

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Meet the Author

David Chou

David Chou is a technical architect at Microsoft and is based in Los Angeles. His focus is on collaborating with enterprises and organizations in such areas as cloud computing, SOA, Web, distributed systems, and security. His involvement supports decision makers in helping them to define the appropriate evolutionary strategies in their architecture development. Drawing from his extensive experience at previously held positions with Sun Microsystems and Accenture, David enjoys helping his clients and customers create value by using objective and pragmatic approaches to create definitive IT strategies, roadmaps, and solution architectures. Find David and his blog at blogs.msdn.com/dachou.


John deVadoss

John deVadoss leads the Patterns & Practices team at Microsoft and is based in Redmond, WA. Patterns & Practices is the trusted source for guidance on the Microsoft platform; John and his team are chartered with creating, collating, and disseminating proven practices to enable productive, predictable development on the Microsoft .NET platform. John’s experience spans 15 years in the software industry. 10+ years have been with Microsoft--all of it in the enterprise space as a consultant, a program manager in the distributed applications platform division, an architect working with some of Microsoft’s key partners, a director of architecture strategy and, most recently, as the leading technical strategist for the all-up application platform. Prior to Microsoft, John spent a number of years as a technology consultant in Silicon Valley working on largescale middleware and distributed systems design and development. His areas of interest are broadly in distributed application architectures, data and metadata, systems management and currently on edge architectures (both service/cloud and experience), but most of all in creating business value from technology investments. John holds a BE in Computer Engineering, and an MS in Computer Science. Both degrees were awarded by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he also did graduate work towards a PhD in Computer Science.


Thomas Erl

Thomas Erl is the world’s top-selling SOA author, series editor of the Prentice Hall Service-Oriented Computing Series from Thomas Erl (www.soabooks.com), and editor of the SOA Magazine (www.soamag.com). With more than 120,000 copies in print worldwide, his books have become international bestsellers and have been formally endorsed by senior members of major software organizations, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, Intel, SAP, CISCO, and HP. Two of his five books, SOA Design Patterns and SOA Principles of Service Design, were authored in collaboration with the IT community and have contributed to the definition of the service-oriented architectural model and service orientation as a distinct paradigm. In cooperation with SOASchool.com, Thomas has helped develop the curriculum for the internationally recognized SOA Certified Professional accreditation program (www.soaschool.com), which has established a series of formal, vendor-neutral certifications in the areas of service-oriented computing. Thomas is also the founder of SOA Systems Inc. (www.soasystems.com), the founding member of the SOA Manifesto Working Group (www.soa-manifesto.org), a member of the SOA Education Committee (www.soacommittee.org), and oversees the SOAPatterns.org initiative, a community site dedicated to the on-going development of a master pattern catalog for SOA. Thomas has toured more than 20 countries as a speaker and instructor for public and private events, and regularly participates in events, such as the SOA Symposium (www.soasymposium.com) and Gartner conferences. More than 100 articles and interviews by Thomas have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine. For more information, visit www.thomaserl.com.


Nitin Gandhi

Nitin Gandhi is an enterprise architect and an independent software consultant, based in Vancouver, BC. His extensive background in service-oriented architecture (SOA), SOA Governance, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), and message-oriented middleware (MOM) has seen him work on server products and technologies including, .NET, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Microsoft BizTalk Server, SQL Server,Workflow Foundation (WF), Service Virtualization technologies, J2EE/JMS, Oracle, and TIBCO products. He has completed several large projects in insurance, utilities, financial-services, government and healthcare. Nitin is an author, book reviewer and member of several architecture groups. He holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electronics (with honors) and a Post Graduate diploma in Management. Find Nitin at ngandhi@shaw.ca.


Hanu Kommalapati

Hanu Kommalapati is a Principal Platform Strategy Advisor for a Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism team based in North America. His current focus is working with Microsoft’s top enterprise customers in North America in evangelizing software + services and Cloud Computing. Hanu received his M.S. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology--a top engineering school in India--and has 18 years experience in the IT Industry working with PriceWaterHouseCoopers and Microsoft. His career began as a software engineer at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., a fighter jet manufacturer solely owned by the Indian Defense Department; he also programmed on HP Apollo workstations, Unix mini computers and IBM mainframes. Hanu frequently speaks at customer and industry events, writes articles in technology magazines and has written papers for internal consumption on various industry trends, including Service Oriented Architecture and Cloud Computing.


Brian Loesgen

Brian Loesgen is a Principal SOA Architect with Microsoft, based in San Diego. His extensive experience includes building sophisticated enterprise, ESB and SOA solutions. Brian is a 6-time Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server, and has been involved with BizTalk since before the release of BizTalk Server 2000 beta; he was a key architect/developer of the “Microsoft ESB Guidance,” initially released by Microsoft in Oct. 2006. A speaker at numerous major technical conferences worldwide, Brian is a co-founder and past-President of the International .NET Association (ineta.org), and past-President of the San Diego .NET user group, where he continues to lead the Connected Systems SIG, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the .NET Developer’s Journal. Brian was also a member of the Microsoft Connected Systems Division Virtual Technical Specialist Team pilot, and is part of Microsoft’s Connected Systems Advisory Board. Brian has authored technical white papers for Intel, Microsoft and others; is a co-author of the SOA Manifesto, as well as the co-author of 7 books, including this one, and is the lead author on the upcoming BizTalk Server 2009 R2 Unleashed title. Find Brian and his blog at: blog.BrianLoesgen.com.


Christoph Schittko

Christoph Schittko is an architect for Microsoft, based in Texas. His focus is to work with customers to build innovative solutions that combine software + services for cutting edge user experiences and the leveraging of service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions. Prior to joining Microsoft, Christoph assisted companies with the adoption of service orientation and the delivering of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions. Christoph holds an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. His extensive experience in developing and architecting software solutions in a wide variety of industries allows him to write and to speak at various conferences on Web services and XML.


Herbjörn Wilhelmsen

Herbjörn Wilhelmsen is a consultant at Forefront Consulting Group, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His main areas of focus are Service-Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing and Business Architecture. Herbjörn has many years of industry experience working as a developer, development manager, architect and teacher and has worked with customers in several fields of operations such as telecommunications, marketing, payment industry, healthcare and public services. Herbjörn is the acting chair of the SOA Patterns Review Committee (www.soapatterns.org) and also leads the Business 2 IT group within the Swedish chapter of the IASA.


Mickey Williams

Mickey Williams leads the Technology Platform Group at Neudesic, based in Laguna Hills, CA. As a member of that team, he oversees technical leadership, strategy, and enablement across all of Neudesic’s practice areas, and manages a team of architects that have a national role at Neudesic. Mickey has extensive experience building missioncritical applications on a wide variety of platforms, ranging from large telecommunication networks to desktop clients, and his work with .NET extends back to the earliest public release. Mickey’s academic interests revolve around ensuring the reliability of high-performance distributed systems. Mickey is a Microsoft MVP, has written numerous books on Windows development, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events.


Scott Golightly

Scott Golightly is currently an Enterprise Solution Strategist with Advaiya, Inc; he is also a Microsoft Regional Director with more than 15 years of experience helping clients to create solutions to business problems with various technologies. Scott is an experienced speaker and trainer. He has taught classes around the globe on various technical and business related topics. Scott has presented at numerous code camps, Tech Ed break out sessions, and Tech Ready. Scott holds many certifications, including: Certified Power-Builder Developer, Certified Sybase Instructor, MCP, MCSD, and MCT.


Darryl Hogan

Darryl Hogan is an architect with more than 15 years experience in the IT industry. Darryl has gained significant practical experience during his career as a consultant, technical evangelist and architect. During an 11-year tenure with Microsoft, Darryl delivered presentations to many large local Microsoft technology events and internal technical readiness conferences. Darryl currently works as an architect with a major marketing company where he is responsible for product architecture and emerging technology adoption.


Kris Horrocks

As a Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, Kris works with customers, partners, and industry analysts to ensure the next generation of Microsoft technology meets customers’ requirements for building distributed, service-oriented solutions. Currently, that work centers around several middleware technologies including BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric, and Windows Azure AppFabric. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kris was an independent consultant focused on distributed systems development, B2B integration, and web services interoperability.


Jeff King

Jeff King has been working with the Windows Azure platform since its first announcement at PDC 2008 and works with Windows Azure early adopter customers in the Windows Azure TAP. Within the Microsoft community, Jeff is a worldwide Windows Azure subject matter expert who continues to mentor in ongoing Windows Azure training programs. Jeff currently consults for Microsoft Services. He has expert knowledge in designing and implementing large-scale integration and SOA solutions by leveraging Microsoft technologies and products (.NET, WCF, BizTalk Server, ESB Toolkit, etc.). He also helped develop the first publicly available version of the Enterprise Service Bus Toolkit (then, it was called the ESB Guidance), particularly the Exception Management Framework.


Scott Seely

Scott Seely is co-founder of Tech in the Middle, www.techinthemiddle.com, and president of Friseton, LLC, www.friseton.com. He is an active member of the .NET community in the Chicago area, helping organize the Lake County .NET Users’ Group, organize Code Camps, and speaking at user groups throughout the region.

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