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Open Source SOA by Jeff Davis

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Chapter 2. Defining the Open SOA Platform

In chapter 1 we explored some of the history behind SOA, and then we examined the key technology underpinnings of a SOA environment. Now we'll focus on identifying a suitable open source product for each of these technology areas. Collectively they'll comprise what we're calling the Open SOA Platform.

The open source community includes many early advocates of the recent wave of emerging SOA-related technology projects. Historically, open source has sometimes been considered a "late-follower," with commercial products first to hit the market, and then followed by "me-too" open source alternatives. One reason often cited by critics of open source is that open source projects are often not innovators but imitators ...

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