CHAPTER 1Why Use a Service Bus?

Enterprise service buses (ESBs) are all the rage in modern software development. You can't pick up a trade magazine these days without some article on ESBs and how they make your life wonderful. If you're a software development veteran, you'll recognize the hype immediately. ESBs aren't going to be the magic answer for our industry any more than were XML, web services, application servers, or even ASCII. Each of the aforementioned technologies started life with a lot of fanfare and unrealistic expectations (the result of the inevitable ignorance we all have with any emerging technology), and each technology ended up becoming a reliable tool to solve a specific set of problems.

The same is true for the ESB. Putting ...

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