My SOA Library Grows

Posted: September 11, 2007  |  Categories: LEAP 2008 SOA Uncategorized

Number of SOA literature is growing and this also accounts for my own personal library of computer books. I have added yet another book called ‘SOA Principles of Service Design’ by Thomas Erl. He is according to his own site a top selling SOA author and specialized in giving training and strategic consulting services.

Taken from his site is the following about his books:

His first SOA book “Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services” is a strategic reference guide for creating integrated environments with contemporary technologies within the context of SOA and service-orientation. Released in 2004, this was one of the very first SOA books ever written. It was formally endorsed by senior members of IBM and Microsoft and with over 25,000 copies in print, this book has become the best-selling SOA book to date.

His second SOA book is entitled “Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design” and is the first published “how-to” guide to building service-oriented solutions from the ground up. It provides step-by-step processes for service-oriented analysis, service-oriented design and service-oriented business process design, as well as an in-depth exploration of service-orientation as a design paradigm. Over 35,000 copies of this book have been printed and numerous colleges and universities are sampling this title for inclusion in course curriculum. The book was formally endorsed by senior members of IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.

Thomas’ third book, “SOA: Principles of Service Design”, is dedicated to service engineering and establishing the service-orientation design paradigm. It provides numerous service design techniques and strategies and further includes a comparative analysis between service-orientation and object-orientation. This title was recently released and has been formally endorsed by senior members of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, BEA, Sun, Intel, SAP, and HP.

Thomas is currently working on his fourth book, “SOA Design Patterns”, which will provide pattern languages and specialized pattern catalogs for architectural and service design patterns specific to SOA and service-orientation. This title is scheduled for release in early 2008.

Besides writing books he is also editor of SOA Magazine. I thought it was the same as the one I have a subscription on called ‘SOA World Magazine’; well not the same. It is a nice addition to my personal online magazine links.

I will be in need of some more time to read this book. Before I can start I have to prepare for the first master class of the Lead Enterprise Architect Program, which will begin this coming Thursday. Preparation is mainly reading a couple of articles from for instance David Chappell: Microsoft and BPM: A Technology Overview or .NET Framework 3.0. This master class is topic is (De)coupling of enterprise systems, where BPM, service orientation, integration and interoperability will play an important role. One of Microsoft products will probably have a lot of attention: BIZTALK Server 2006. I will be looking forward to this Master class, because it has a lot of things in it I am currently doing or have done.


Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel, and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 8 years.


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