Integration with Custom Code

Now that we have XML documents as input, we need to create interfaces to our applications to automate the processing of transactions. We have three options here. The first is to write custom code and program the interface ourselves from scratch. Second is to create an infrastructure for supporting transactions and multiple interfaces using BizTalk Server. Third is to choose another off-the-shelf EAI product, which is an option I do not explore in this book.

If you choose a custom code approach, you can either focus on building a single point-to-point interface or on creating a more general-purpose infrastructure for integration. In essence, you would be building a lightweight version of what BizTalk offers, although ...

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