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Enterprise Application Integration With XML and Java™ by Bill la Forge, JP Morgenthal

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2.1. Introduction

In this chapter, we will examine the requirements for building an EAI. There are many methods of integrating applications, such as using shared data sources like databases and memory, and developing programming interfaces that communicating applications understand. Each of these methods has positive and negative aspects to consider when scaling across departments and companies. These aspects need to be explored during the design phase of integration projects.

This chapter provides the reader with one particular view of implementing an EAI infrastructure. The design is based on years of application integration experience gained across multiple industries, including telecommunications, finance and banking, insurance, and entertainment. ...

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