Chapter 1. SOA Basics

Delusions, errors, and lies are like huge, gaudy vessels, the rafters of which are rotten and worm-eaten, and those who embark in them are fated to be shipwrecked.

—Buddha

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is defined in a number of ways, but not all definitions are equal, and not all definitions are complete. Instead of just providing another definition of SOA, this chapter describes the basic building blocks of SOA and looks at the value proposition of SOA from key stakeholder perspectives. Besides covering the basic building blocks of SOA, its DNA, and the value propositions of adopting SOA and its ultimate utility, this chapter describes what makes an implementation an SOA deployment. Specifically, this chapter addresses ...

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