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Enterprise Application Integration by David S. Linthicum

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Chapter 7. An Introduction to EAI and Middleware

 

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.

 
 --Anonymous

The first six chapters have been devoted to EAI approaches and implementation. In the following chapters, we will concentrate on the technology that makes EAI possible: middleware. This chapter provides an overview of middleware, setting the stage for the next several chapters that will describe several types of middleware technologies that may assist us in solving the EAI problem.

The evolution of middleware has created the opportunity to orchestrate an enterprise through the conduit of middleware, making it the primary enabling technology that can make EAI work.[1]

Middleware: The Engine of EAI

Middleware is not a magic ...

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