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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book on SOA, who would have thought, 16 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Enterprise SOA: Service Oriented Architecture Best Practices (Coad) (Paperback)
I've read a few books, including several by Erl, and this book is by far the best. What I liked:

1) Covered a range of technologies, emphasizing that SOA is not just about throwing out a range of Web services.
2) Covered valid design/architecture choices, for example discussing asynchronous and synchronous approaches and where they might each be useful.
3) Discussed how services can be a valuable tool in bringing IT/business closer together.
4) The case studies were very interesting, I actually would have liked it if the book had more detail but what it did include was useful.
5) The coverage of governance had me nodding my head, even if you don't chose to apply SOA you'll need to know how ensure that people don't fall back into tactical decision making.
6) Covered how SOA can change your approach to project management.

Having said that one issue I had with the book was the emphasis on having basic services as the cornerstone of your SOA (basic services being essentially entity services). I'm hoping that in a future edition the authors will explore how SOA can be used in a manner that work hand in hand with DDD and I think this would mean re-evaluating whether reusable entity services are really a good idea.

However I have no problems recommending this book, its a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right content I needed ..., 13 July 2011
This review is from: Enterprise SOA: Service Oriented Architecture Best Practices (Coad) (Paperback)
Technology can be kept simple and plausiable - this book shows how. With no non-sense examples or elivated pitch (indicating world cannot survive without SOA), this book takes an evolutionary approch touching some of the important technology corner-stones. On the architecture itself, it provides examples for simple brains and not the marketing pitch. The content is well organised touching most of the technology aspects (providing very pragmatic view) sufficient enough to correlate implementation with theory.

I think, this book leaves no gap in covering SOA in all dimensions. Sustained level of concentration, of course, is necessary to appricate the depth authors gets into.
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