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IBM WebSphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration by Roland Barcia, Keys Botzum, Tom Alcott, Bill Hines

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Chapter 8. J2EE Connector Architecture

Since early J2EE incarnations, applications have taken advantage of JDBC for vendor-independent, portable, standard access to relational databases from Java. However, many applications also need to make other types of connections to a variety of other types of Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). These include Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) products such as PeopleSoft, Siebel, and SAP R/3, transaction monitors such as IBM CICS and IMS, enterprise and object-oriented databases, and even applications written in other languages and running on other platforms. In early J2EE, there was no standard mechanism for this connectivity (as there was for databases with JDBC), so vendors created their own incompatible ...

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