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Service Design Patterns: Fundamental Design Solutions for SOAP/WSDL and RESTful Web Services (Addison-Wesley Signature) Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Robert Daigneau has more than twenty years of experience designing and implementing applications and products for a broad array of industries, from financial services, to manufacturing, to retail and travel. Rob has served in such prominent positions as Director of Architecture for Monster.com and Manager of Applications Development at Fidelity Investments. Rob has been known to speak at a conference or two.
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As with most patterns books, there will be much familiar material for experienced developers and architects - but to think that that makes it an uninteresting book would be to miss the point. The book provides well written, clear, descriptions of the patterns and the contexts in which they should be applied (or not) - enabling more informed analysis and clearer communication between practitioners.
All in all, if you're creating distributed applications that involve (typically web) services then this book should be a must read.
The Service Design Patterns is in the same series as the EIP book (and the closely related Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture), and overtly takes the earlier books as a baseline to build an additional set of patterns more directly related to Service-oriented integration. Where the earlier books’ content is relevant, it is just referred to. This helps to build a strong library of patterns, but also actively reinforces the important message that designers of newer integration architectures will do well to heed the lessons of previous generations.
The pattern structure is very similar to the one used in the EIP book, which is helpful. The "Headline" context description is occasionally a bit cryptic, but is usually followed by a very comprehensive section which describes the problem in sufficient detail, with an explanation of why and when alternative approaches may or may not work, and the role of other patterns in the solution. The text can be a little repetitive, especially as the authors try to deliver the specifics of each pattern explicitly for each of three key web service styles, but it’s well written and easily readable.
This is not a very graphical book. Each pattern usually has one or two explanatory diagrams, but they vary in style and usefulness. I was rather sad that the book didn’t try to extend the original EIP concept and try to show the more complex patterns as assemblies of icons representing the simpler ones. I think there may be value in exploring this in later work.
One complaint is the difficulty of navigating within the Kindle edition, or in future using it as a reference work. Internal references to patterns are identified by their page number in the physical book, which is of precisely zero use in the Kindle context. In addition the contents structure which is directly accessible via the Kindle menu only goes to chapter level, not to individual patterns. If you can remember which chapter a pattern is in you can get there via the contents section of index, but this is much more difficult than it should be. In other pattern books any internal references in the Kindle edition are hyperlinked, and I don’t understand why this has not been done here.
To add a further annoyance, the only summary listings of the patterns are presented as multiple small bitmapped graphics, so not easily searchable or extractable for external reference. An early hyperlinked text listing with a summary would be much more useful. Please could the publishers have a look at the Kindle versions of recent pattern books from Microsoft Press to see how this should be done?
A final moan is that the book is quite expensive! I want to get all three books in the series in Kindle format (as well as having the hardcover versions of the two earlier books, purchased before ebooks were a practical reality), and it will cost over £70. This may put less pecunious readers off, especially as there’s so much front matter that the Kindle sample ends before you get to the first real pattern. That would be a shame, as the industry needs less experienced designers to read and absorb these messages.
These practical niggles aside, this is a very good book, and I can recommend it.
A must read for anyone embarking on the SOA journey.
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In the pages of the very first chapter this book challenges your standard thought on Service Architecture. Over the years I have asked many colleagues why they think SOA is a superior architecture. Often I have received the response that it reduces complexity, provides loose coupling, and is the most reliable way to allow disparate systems to communicate. Naturally, the next question is, well how are those objectives met? That question tends to put a wrinkle on the face of some of the most seasoned software architects. This book presents those questions, and paints candid responses before you get to page 10.
As you advance through the chapters, the author did a great job at codifying various approaches to web service design in a way that's not specific to any particular technology or specification. The pattern descriptions are easy to read, help the reader understand how to choose between them and the contexts in which to use them. The book provides an easy to reference handbook that classifies the patterns into categories that really make sense, and I think it gives practitioners a very useful vocabulary. Although the title says it's about creating services for SOAP/WSDL and REST, it's not a book about either. I am glad the author took this approach as there is plenty of material on both of these subjects. It might have been helpful for the author to address this up front.
Long story short, this book does a nice job of bridging the gap between Patterns of Enterprise Application and Enterprise Application Architecture. A nice reference book.
One of the things I liked seeing was that the author does not think web services are a silver bullet. Right off the bat he warns that web services should be reserved for situations which out-of-process and cross-machine calls "make sense".
The book is broken down into seven chapters, an appendix, and a nice glossary. The chapters include From Objects to Web Services, Web Service API Styles, Client-Service Interactions, Request and Response Management, Web Service Implementation Styles, Web Service Infrastructures, Web Service Evolution, and an appendix Reference to External Patterns.
I felt the book worked at the right level of abstraction digging into details when needed to shed a deeper light on the subject at hand.
Each chapter contains several related patterns. Each pattern answers a primary question. For example chapter one Web Service API Styles cover the following 3 patterns that answer the question that follows below.
RPC API - How can clients execute remote procedures over HTTP?
Message API - How can clients send commands, notifications, or other information to remote systems over HTTP while avoiding direct coupling to remote procedures?
Resource API - How can a client manipulate data managed by a remote system, avoid direct coupling to remote procedures, and minimize the need for domain-specific APIs?
The other patterns covered in the book include Request/Response, Request/Acknowledge, Media Type Negotiation, Linked Service, Service Controller, Data Transfer Object, Request Mapper, Response Mapper, Transaction Script, Datasource Adapter, Operation Script, Command Invoker, Workflow Connector, Service Connector, Service Descriptor, Asynchronous Response Handler, Service Interceptor, Idempotent Retry, SOA Infrastructures, Breaking Changes, Versioning, Single Message Argument, Dataset Amendment, Tolerant Reader, and Consumer-Driven Contract.
Like the other pattern catalogs the book contains an online catalog of the patterns in the book. Although the online catalog gives you an overview of each pattern, the book contains a lot more detail about each one. I like the online catalogs. I often visit them to spark my memory about the patterns that I have read about in the books.
I like that the book limited its scope to the fundamental patterns relevant to web service design. It does not try to be all encompassing, which I think made it better than if the author had tried to be. The book does not cover enterprise integration patterns, workflow or orchestration, security, event-driven architecture, or choreography. The book does include a nice reference to external patterns in the appendix that provides a summary and where to go for more information.
I think each pattern is explained really well and the examples used do a great job of showing a possible implementation. I liked the end of chapter 7 where the author provides a nice summary about how each pattern hinders or promotes evolution.
The book also includes a nice glossary that provides quick reference to additional information on topics mentioned in the book.
The author does an awesome job of providing examples in different technologies throughout the book. The author uses a nice mixture of .NET and Java technologies. Some of the technologies used are JAX-WS, JAX-RS, JAXB, JSON, XML, Xpath, XSLT, WSDL, DataContractSerializer, XmlSerializer, and WCF. To top it off the author's writing style makes the reading really easy.
All in all I think every architect and developer should have this book on their shelf.
I enjoyed the writing style as well as the layout of the Design Patterns. There are some code examples, but it is not a coding book. It is a good book for an enterprise architect to understand common situations and how to solve them through well thought out patterns as applied to REST and SOAP web services.
I highly recommend this book.
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