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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136135161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136135166
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

SOA Design Patterns is an important contribution to the literature and practice
of building and delivering quality software-intensive systems.”

- Grady Booch, IBM Fellow

“With the continued explosion of services and the increased rate of adoption of SOA through the market, there is a critical need for comprehensive, actionable guidance that provides the fastest possible time to results. Microsoft is honored to contribute to the SOA Design Patterns book, and to continue working with the community to realize the value of Real World SOA.”

- Steven Martin, Senior Director, Developer Platform Product Management, Microsoft


SOA Design Patterns provides the proper guidance with the right level of abstraction to be adapted to each organization’s needs, and Oracle is pleased to have contributed to the patterns contained in this book.”

- Dr. Mohamad Afshar, Director of Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle


“Red Hat is pleased to be involved in the SOA Design Patterns book and contribute important SOA design patterns to the community that we and our customers have used within our own SOA platforms. I am sure this will be a great resource for future SOA practitioners.”

- Pierre Fricke Director, Product Line Management, JBoss SOA Platform, Red Hat


“A wealth of proven, reusable SOA design patterns, clearly explained and illustrated with examples. An invaluable resource for all those involved in the design of service-oriented solutions.”

- Phil Thomas, Consulting IT Specialist, IBM Software Group


“This obligatory almanac of SOA design patterns will become the foundation on which many organizations will build their successful SOA solutions. It will allow organizations to build their own focused SOA design patterns catalog in an expedited fashion knowing that it contains the wealth and expertise of proven SOA best practices.”

- Stephen Bennett, Director, Technology Business Unit, Oracle Corporation


“The technical differences between service orientation and object orientation are subtle

enough to confuse even the most advanced developers. Thomas Erl’s book provides a great service by clearly articulating SOA design patterns and differentiating them from similar OO design patterns.”

- Anne Thomas Manes, VP & Research Director, Burton Group


SOA Design Patterns does an excellent job of laying out and discussing the areas of SOA design that a competent SOA practitioner should understand and employ.”

- Robert Laird, SOA Architect, IBM


“As always, Thomas delivers again. In a well-structured and easy-to-understand way, this book provides a wonderful collection of patterns each addressing a typical set of SOA design problems with well articulated solutions. The plain language and hundreds of diagrams included in the book help make the complicated subjects of SOA design comprehensible even to those who are new to the SOA design world. It’s a must-have reference book for all SOA practitioners, especially for enterprise architects, solution architects, developers, managers, and business process experts.”

- Canyang Kevin Liu, Solution Architecture Manager, SAP


“The concept of service oriented architecture has long promised visions of agile organizations being able to swap out interfaces and applications as business needs change. SOA also promises incredible developer and IT productivity, with the idea that key services would be candidates for cross-enterprise sharing or reuse. But many organizations’ efforts to move to SOA have been mired–by organizational issues, by conflicting vendor messages, and by architectures that may amount to little more than Just a Bunch of Web Services. There’s been a lot of confusion in the SOA marketplace about exactly what SOA is, what it’s supposed to accomplish, and how an enterprise goes about in making it work.


SOA Design Patterns is a definitive work that offers clarity on the purpose and functioning of service oriented architecture. SOA Design Patterns not only helps the IT practitioner lay the groundwork for a well-functioning SOA effort across the enterprise, but also connects the dots between SOA and the business requirements in a very concrete way. Plus, this book is completely technology agnostic―SOA Design Patterns rightly focuses on infrastructure and architecture, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re using components of one kind or another, or Java, or .NET, or Web services, or REST-style interfaces.


While no two SOA implementations are alike, Thomas Erl and his team of contributors have effectively identified the similarities in composition services need to have at a sub-atomic level in order to interact with each other as we hope they will. The book identifies 85 SOA design patterns which have been developed and thoroughly vetted to ensure that a service-oriented architecture does achieve the flexibility and loose coupling promised. The book is also compelling in that it is a living document, if you will, inviting participation in an open process to identify and formulate new patterns to this growing body of knowledge.”

- Joe McKendrick, Independent Analyst, Author of ZDNet’s SOA Blog


“If you want to truly educate yourself on SOA, read this book.”

- Sona Srinivasan, Global Client Services & Operations, CISCO


“An impressive decomposition of the process and architectural elements that support serviceoriented analysis, design, and delivery. Right-sized and terminologically consistent.


Overall, the book represents a patient separation of concerns in respect of the process and architectural parts that underpin any serious SOA undertaking. Two things stand out. First, the pattern relationship diagrams provide rich views into the systemic relationships that structure a service-oriented architecture: these patterns are not discrete, isolated templates to be applied mechanically to the problem space; rather, they form a network of forces and constraints that guide the practitioner to consider the task at hand in the context of its inter-dependencies. Second, the pattern sequence diagrams and accompanying notes provide a useful framework for planning and executing the many activities that comprise an SOA engagement.”

- Ian Robinson, Principal Technology Consultant, ThoughtWorks


“Successful implementation of SOA principles requires a shift in focus from software system means, or the way capabilities are developed, to the desired end results, or real-world effects required to satisfy organizational business processes. In SOA Design Patterns, Thomas Erl provides service architects with a broad palette of reusable service patterns that describe service capabilities that can cut across many SOA applications. Service architects taking advantage of these patterns will save a great deal of time describing and assembling services to deliver the real world effects they need to meet their organization’s specific business objectives.”

- Chuck Georgo, Public Safety and National Security Architect


“In IT, we have increasingly come to see the value of having catalogs of good solution patterns in programming and systems design. With this book, Thomas Erl brings a comprehensive set of patterns to bear on the world of SOA. These patterns enable easily communicated, reusable, and effective solutions, allowing us to more rapidly design and build out the large, complicated and interoperable enterprise SOAs into which our IT environments are evolving.”

- Al Gough, Business Systems Solutions CTO, CACI International Inc.


“This book provides a comprehensive and pragmatic review of design issues in service-centric design, development, and evolution. The Web site related to this book [SOAPatterns.org] is a wonderful platform and gives the opportunity for the software community to maintain this catalogue….”

- Veronica Gacitua Decar, Dublin City University


“Erl’s SOA Design Patterns is for the IT decision maker determined to make smart architecture design choices, smart investments, and long term enterprise impact. For those IT professionals committed to service-orientation as a value-added design and implementation option, Patterns offers a credible, repeatable approach to engineering an adaptable business enterprise. This is a must read for all IT architect professionals.”

- Larry Gloss, VP and General Manager, Information Manufacturing, LLC


“These SOA patterns define, encompass, and comprise a complete repertoire of best practices for developing a world-class IT SOA portfolio for the enterprise and its organizational units through to service and schema analysis and design. After many years as an architect on many SOA projects, I strongly recommend this book be on the shelf of every analyst and technical member of any SOA effort, right next to the SOA standards and guidelines it outlines and elucidates the need for. Our SOA governance standards draw heavily from this work and others from this series.”

- Robert John Hathaway III, Enterprise Software Architect, SOA Object Systems


“A wise man once told me that wisdom isn’t all about knowledge and intelligence, it is just as much about asking questions. Asking questions is the true mark of wisdom and during the writing of the SOA Design Patterns book Thomas Erl has shown his real qualities. The community effort behind this book is huge meaning that Thomas has had access to the knowledge and experience of a large group of accomplished practitioners. The result speaks for itself. This book is packed with proven solutions to recurring problems, and the documented pros and cons of each solution have been verified by persons with true experience. This book could give SOA initiatives of any scale a real boost.”

- Herbjörn Wilhelmsen, Architect and Senior Consultant, Objectware


“This book is an absolute milestone in SOA literature. For the first time we are provided with a practical guide on how the principle centric description of service orientation from a vendor-agnostic viewpoint is actually made to work in a language based on patterns. This book makes you talk SOA! There are very few who understand SOA like Thomas Erl does, he actually put’s it all together!”

- Brian Lokhorst, Solution Architect, Dutch Tax Office


“Service oriented architecture is all about best practices we have learned since IT’s existence. This book takes all those best practices and bundles them into a nice pattern catalogue. [It provides] a really excellent approach as patterns are not just documented but are provided with application scenarios through case studies [which] fills the gap between theory and practice.”

- Shakti Sharma, Senior Enterprise Architect, Sysco Corp


“An excellent and important book on solving problems in SOA [with a] solid structure. Has the potential of being among the major influential books.”

- Peter Chang, Lawrence Technical University


SOA Design Patterns presents a vast amount of knowledge about how to successfully implement SOA within an organization. The information is clear, concise, and most importantly, legitimate.”

- Peter B. Woodhull, President and Principal Architect, Modus21


SOA Design Patterns offers real insights into everyday problems that one will encounter when investing in services oriented architecture. [It] provides a number of problem descriptions and offers strategies for dealing with these problems. SOA design patterns highlights more than just the technical problems and solutions. Common organizational issues that can hinder progress towards achieving SOA migration are explained along with potential approaches for dealing with these real world challenges. Once again Thomas Erl provides in-depth coverage of SOA terminology and helps the reader better understand and appreciate the complexities of migrating to an SOA environment.”

- David Michalowicz, Air and Space Operations Center Modernization Team Lead,

MITRE Corporation


“This is a long overdue, serious, comprehensive, and well-presented catalog of SOA design patterns. This will be required reading and reference for all our SOA engineers and architects. The best of the series so far!


[The book] works in two ways: as a primer in SOA design and architecture it can easily be read front-to-back to get an overview of most of the key design issues you will encounter, and as a reference catalog of design techniques that can be referred to again and again…”

- Wendell Ocasio, Architecture Consultant, DoD Military Health Systems, Agilex Technologies


“Thomas has once again provided the SOA practitioner with a phenomenal collection of

knowledge. This is a reference that I will come back to time and time again as I move forward in SOA design efforts.


What I liked most about this book is its vendor agnostic approach to SOA design patterns. This approach really presents the reader with an understanding of why or why not to implement a pattern, group patterns, or use compound patterns rather than giving them a marketing spiel on why one implementation of a pattern is better than another (for example, why one ESB is better than another). I think as SOA adoption continues to advance, the ability for architects to understand when and why to apply specific patterns will be a driving factor in the overall success and evolution of SOA. Additionally, I believe that this book provides the consumer with the understanding required to chose which vendor’s SOA products are right for their specific needs.”

- Bryan Brew, SOA Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton


“A must have for every SOA practitioner.”

- Richard Van Schelven, Principal Engineer, Ericsson


“This book is a long-expected successor to the books on object-oriented design patterns and integration patterns. It is a great reference book that clearly and thoroughly describes design patterns for SOA. A great read for architects who are facing the challenge of transforming their enterprise into a service-oriented enterprise.”

- Linda Terlouw, Solution Architect, Ordina


“The maturation of Service-Orientation has given the industry time to absorb the best practices of service development. Thomas Erl has amassed this collective wisdom in SOA Design Patterns, an absolutely indispensible addition to any Service Oriented bookshelf.”

- Kevin P. Davis, Ph.D


“The problem with most texts on SOA is one of specificity. Architects responsible for SOA implementation in most organizations have little time for abstract theories on the subject, but are hungry for concrete details that they can relate to the real problems they face in their environment. SOA Design Patterns is critical reading for anyone with service design responsibilities. Not only does the text provide the normal pattern templates, but each pattern is applied in detail against a background case study to provide exceptionally meaningful context to the information. The graphic visualizations of the problems and pattern solutions are excellent supplementary companions to the explanatory text. This book will greatly stretch the knowledge of the reader as much for raising and addressing issues that may have never occurred to the reader as it does in treating those problems that are in more common occurrence. The real beauty of this book is in its plain English prose. Unlike so many technical reference books, one does not find themselves re-reading sections multiple times trying to discern the intent of the author. This is also not a reference that will sit gathering dust on a shelf after one or two perusings. Practitioners will find themselves returning over and over to utilize the knowledge in their projects. This is as close as you’ll come to having a service design expert sitting over your shoulder.”

- James Kinneavy, Principal Software Architect, University of California


“As the industry converges on SOA patterns, Erl provides an outstanding reference guide to composition and integration–and yet another distinctive contribution to the SOA practice.”

- Steve Birkel, Chief IT Technical Architect, Intel Corp.


“With SOA Design Patterns, Thomas Erl adds an indispensable SOA reference volume to the technologist’s library. Replete with to-the-point examples, it will be a helpful aid to any IT organization.”

- Ed Dodds, Strategist, Systems Architect, Conmergence


“Again, Thomas Erl has written an indispensable guide to SOA. Building on his prior successes, his patterns go into even more detail. Therefore, this book is not only helpful to the SOA beginner, but also provides new insight and ideas to professionals.”

- Philipp Offermann, Research Scientist, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


SOA Design Patterns is an extraordinary contribution to SOA best practices! Once again, Thomas has created an indispensable resource for any person or organization interested in or actively engaged in the practice of Service Oriented Architecture. Using case studies based on three very different business models, Thomas guides the reader through the process of selecting appropriate implementation patterns to ensure a flexible, well-performing, and secure SOA ecosystem.”

- Victor Brown, Managing Partner and Principal Consultant,

Cypress Management Group Corporation


In cooperation with experts and practitioners throughout the SOA community, best-selling author Thomas Erl brings together the de facto catalog of design patterns for SOA and service-orientation. More than three years in development and subjected to numerous industry reviews, the 85 patterns in this full-color book provide the most successful and proven design techniques to overcoming the most common and critical problems to achieving modern-day SOA. Through numerous examples, individually documented pattern profiles, and over 400 color illustrations, this book provides in-depth coverage of: •  Patterns for the design, implementation, and governance of service inventories–collections of services representing individual service portfolios that can be independently modeled, designed, and evolved. •   Patterns specific to service-level architecture which pertain to a wide range of design areas, including contract design, security, legacy encapsulation, reliability, scalability, and a variety of implementation and governance issues. •   Service composition patterns that address the many aspects associated with combining services into aggregate distributed solutions, including topics such as runtime messaging and message design, inter-service security controls, and transformation. •   Compound patterns (such as Enterprise Service Bus and Orchestration) and recommended pattern application sequences that establish foundational processes. The book begins by establishing SOA types that are referenced throughout the patterns and then form the basis of a final chapter that discusses the architectural impact of service-oriented computing in general. These chapters bookend the pattern catalog to provide a clear link between SOA design patterns, the strategic goals of service-oriented computing, different SOA types, and the service-orientation design paradigm.


This book series is further supported by a series of resources sites, including
soabooks.com, soaspecs.com, soapatterns.org, soamag.com, and soaposters.com.

About the Author

Thomas Erl is a best-selling IT author and founder of CloudSchool.com™ andSOASchool.com®. Thomas has been the world's top-selling service technology author for over five years and is the series editor of the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl (www.servicetechbooks.com ), as well as the editor of the Service Technology Magazine (www.servicetechmag.com). With over 175,000 copies in print world-wide, his eight published books have become international bestsellers and have been formally endorsed by senior members of major IT organizations, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Accenture, IEEE, HL7, MITRE, SAP, CISCO, HP, and others.


Four of his books, Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, SOA Design Patterns, SOA Principles of Service Design, and SOA Governance, were authored in collaboration with the IT community and have contributed to the definition of cloud computing technology mechanisms, the service-oriented architectural model and service-orientation as a distinct paradigm. Thomas is currently working with over 20 authors on several new books dedicated to specialized topic areas such as cloud computing, Big Data, modern service technologies, and service-orientation.


As CEO of Arcitura Education Inc. and in cooperation with CloudSchool.com™ andSOASchool.com®, Thomas has led the development of curricula for the internationally recognized SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) and Cloud Certified Professional (CCP) accreditation programs, which have established a series of formal, vendor-neutral industry certifications.


Thomas is the founding member of the SOA Manifesto Working Group and author of the Annotated SOA Manifesto (www.soa-manifesto.com). He is a member of the Cloud Education & Credential Committee, SOA Education Committee, and he further oversees theSOAPatterns.org and CloudPatterns.org initiatives, which are dedicated to the on-going development of master pattern catalogs for service-oriented computing and cloud computing.


Thomas has toured over 20 countries as a speaker and instructor for public and private events, and regularly participates in international conferences, including SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium and Gartner events. Over 100 articles and interviews by Thomas have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine.

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I bought this book looking forward to some practical help in designing a new SOA framework. I started to read the book and had to skip the first 116 pages to get to the first pattern (do you really need to read about what is a "program" at this level). The actual patterns are described in a very high level language which does not really explain the problem the pattern tries to solve and its solution. Even sentences like: FOR EXAMPLE, are followed by more theoretical talk and no real examples.
This book might be useful for architects working for HUGE banks but not for practicing architects looking for practical clean solutions.
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I am (was) a big fan of Erl's SOA series....but this book has been a huge disappointment.

Here are a couple of example of the patterns described in the book:

"Problem: How can unnecessary data validation be avoided?"
"Solution: A program can be designed to only validate the relevant subset of data and ignore the rest"
"Problem: How can services interoperate when using different data models?"
"Solution: A data transformation can be incorporated to convert data between disparate schemas"

These are not patterns. Patterns are a great way to communicate and teach design best practices...
If you have a minimum real-world SOA experience this book is a waste of time.

The fact that the book has been in progress for a long time is not an excuse.
Seminal patterns books (Enterprise Integration Patterns, Elements of Reusable OO Design, etc) continue to offer useful insights.

This is well written, but SHALLOW, book. Not relevant.
There are better ways to spend your time and money.
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This book is obviously trying to do for Web Service/SOA what 'Enterprise Integration Patterns' by Hohpe and Woolf did for Messaging Architecture but doesn't quite get there.

Where EIP was so ground breaking was that it combined a new series of diagrams (a la UML) to explain how things connected in each design pattern and contained useful code examples in multiple languages with an associated couple of pages of explanation. SOA Design Patterns has copied the above ideas but the images are 3d icons which makes them difficult to tell apart, with no code examples and fairly ropey case examples rather than actual code.Some of the design patterns are given short shift, especially event driven messaging, but they cover the most important parts of SOA patterns, although what's with everything being prefixed with 'canonical'?

Also, I wonder about the sheer volume of plaudits from industry bigwigs. It starts on the front inside cover and carrys on for 6 pages! It feels as though someone is trying too hard to convince the potential buyer than this book is 'phenomenal', 'excellent', 'impressive' or some other superlative.

Overall it's a useful book rather than a must have.
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This book is best for those working in large enterprises who have big questions about how to govern their SOA inventory. Please note though, it isn't a programming book, it won't help you write a WSDL, it won't help you select an ESB.

Where it is extremely useful though, is that it clearly gives practical advice and it has helped solve some anti-patterns that were forming in our SOA. Without it and "SOA Principles of Service Design" we would have never been able to achieve the benefits of SOA. Anyone familiar with Thomas Erl's books and articles will know that he focusses on a clear definition of terms for SOA and the patterns re-enforce that.

It's fair to say that the book is aimed at those who 'own' service inventories and architects who have to govern SOA process. Sure, some of the patterns seem quite straight forward and obvious - however, our organisation still managed to get some of it wrong and this book helped crystallise the issues and focus on refactoring to "get it right" and achieve our business goals of flexibility, reuse and cost reduction. Before our architecture team focussed on governing by patterns - we did have renegade projects that were adding services that basically were unusable and short sighted.

If there is a weakness, then I would say that the patterns and case studies remain at pretty high level and whilst we all understand "Canonical Schema pattern", we understand the benefits and the reason why it is a pattern - it is very hard to practically produce a common schema and ensure that it can be governed by people or tools. in fact, we've found that some mainstream ESB products simply won't support some of the patterns.
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SOA Design Pattern is a major milestone for IT. I Imagine it will get the same status as the all time famous Gamma/Helm/Jonson Design book.

Mathias Dietrich, CEO Mobile Net Solutions LTD
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