Next Generation Application Integration: From Simple Information to Web Services

Author: David S. Linthicum
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ISBN: 0201844567
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (22 August, 2003)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 12,357
Average Customer Rating: 4.08 out of 5

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Rating: 3 out of 5
Text for Technology & Project Managers
Linthicum writes a comprehensive text for technology managers. The 500-page book describes the world of EAI in detail with an emphasis on web services. It covers the benefits and limitations of web services, provides examples of where to use and not use them, and introduces standards with an emphasis on XML. The book encourages IT to make the much-needed shift from an information to a service-orientation. As such, a considerable part of the book dedicated to emerging EAI styles, such as SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), which requires IT to think in business terms and promises to speed development and decrease integration time when correctly implemented. Coders and those looking for technical information on standards should look elsewhere. The book contains many diagrams that are crude but effective. The writing style is unrefined and repetitive. This can be overlooked if you're willing to skim through them.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Good overview of EAI
Linthicum gives a good overview of integration approaches and middleware technologies. Makes sense of all the options out there.

Rating: 3 out of 5
OK as a nontechnical overview, although with flaws
An OK overview, not too much hype. However, the explanations are often so brief that the more complex standards (BPEL4WS being a particular case) would be impossible to understand if I hadn't read the official documents. The figures are plentiful and often awful. Many have little connection to the text that references them (13.2, 15.1, 15.2 being good examples). Entities in the figures are not explained in the text, and the text uses terms that do not show up in the figures. Also, anyone who includes a six-page listing of XML syntax without any kind of structuring, enhancement, or occasional word of explanation (e.g., listing 12.1) should be pilloried. Despite the fact that this has become some sort of sport, XML syntax was not designed to be read by humans in great quantities.

The style was a bit too chummy for my taste but perhaps that is what makes the books acceptable to nontechnical people? And the author should really find another favorite verb instead of "leverage". He employs it instead of "use", "implement", "incorporate", "include", and some more words, all of which would be either shorter or more clear (I thought I even spotted a couple of cases where "provide" seemed intended). By page 200 it gets to be a major irritation.

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