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Open-Source ESBs in Action: Example Implementations in Mule and ServiceMix by Jos Dirksen, Tijs Rademakers

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Foreword

Getting different applications to work together has never been fun. It’s not sexy, the rewards are limited, and there is no glory. Throughout my career, it seemed as if a stigma was associated with integration—that it was a dirty job, and you pulled the short straw if you were working in this area. Personally, I always enjoyed working in integration, and because enterprises never throw anything away, getting different applications to work together has become an increasingly essential element of IT.

Things really became interesting when the enterprise service bus (ESB) made its debut.

The concepts on which the ESB is founded have changed over time. Since IBM first released MQSeries, enterprises have been sold on the benefits of decoupling ...

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