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Enterprise SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices by Dirk Slama, Karl Banke, Dirk Krafzig

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Chapter 2. Evolution of the Service Concept

Before looking at the road ahead, we want to take a step back and look at the evolution of the service concept by examining the milestones of enterprise computing and how they have shaped the concept of “services.” We will look at three core development directions: programming languages, distribution technology, and business computing. Each has undergone a major evolution in the past 40 years, leading to a level of abstraction that supported the emergence of Service-Oriented Architectures.

Milestones of Enterprise Computing

The term “service” has been present in commercial computing for a long time and has been used in many different ways. Today, for example, we find large companies, such as IBM, promoting ...

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