Chapter 11. Database-Oriented Middleware and EAI


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Database access is a key element to EAI, especially data-level EAI. While there was a time when databases were proprietary and difficult to access, there are currently so many solutions for accessing data that a problem rarely arises when either retrieving information from any database or placing information in any database. Not only do these solutions make EAI a much easier proposition, they speak directly to the notion that the capability of modern middleware drives the interest in EAI.

As with most things, however, the situation with databases and database-oriented middleware grows complicated. Database-oriented ...

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