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SOA with .NET and Windows Azure™: Realizing Service-Orientation with the Microsoft Platform by Scott Seely, Jeff King, Darryl Hogan, Scott Golightly, Mickey Williams, Herbjörn Wilhelmsen, Christoph Schittko, Brian Loesgen, Hanu Kommalapati, Nitin Gandhi, Thomas Erl, John deVadoss, David Chou

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Foreword by David Chappell

What is SOA? In the dozen or so years that the term has been around, service-oriented architecture has meant lots of different things. Some vendors saw it as a way to sell whatever it was they were offering, and so they jumped on the SOA bandwagon with both feet. Other people interpreted SOA in business terms, viewing it as a way to structure how different parts of an organization interact.

Yet from all of this confusion, one clear fact has emerged: The technology of service-orientation has real value. Whether or not it helps vendors sell products or managers organize their business, taking a service-oriented approach to development can make life better for the people who build and maintain applications.

The core reason ...

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