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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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ACID Transactions

The field of transaction processing is by no means a new discipline. Transaction processing infrastructures such as CICS and Tuxedo, OTS/JTS and MS DTC have been around for decades, and much innovative and interesting work continues in the field today. However, underlying the development of transaction technology over the decades has been one pervasive notion: ACID.

ACID is the acronym used to describe the classical form of all-or-nothing transactions, which are Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, and Durable. These properties are of such fundamental importance to transaction processing systems that they warrant further elaboration, even in a Web services book. The ACID characteristics are:

  • Atomic— The transaction executes to the ...

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