Like Oracle and IBM, Microsoft offers an SOA platform. To make the comparison with IBM and Oracle a little easier, the Microsoft products are mapped on the reference architecture that you learned about in the previous chapter.


Services are created using Windows Communication Framework (WCF). This development framework can be deployed or hosted as follows:

  • Self-hosting in a managed .NET application
  • Hosted as a Windows service
  • IIS, the web server of the Microsoft platform


Message-oriented middleware

As a queuing solution, Microsoft offers Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ). It is part of the Windows operating system. Messages are stored and forwarded by MSMQ until they reach the destination queue. Later, when a recipient application ...

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