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Implementing SOA: Total Architecture in Practice by Paul C. Brown

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Chapter 1. SOA and the Enterprise

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is an architectural style that modularizes information systems into services. You then orchestrate collections of these services to bring business processes to life. In a successful SOA, you can readily recombine these services in various ways to implement new or improved business processes.

SOA is a logical evolutionary descendant of the software modularization techniques that began more than 50 years ago with the introduction of structured programming. SOA’s novelty is that it gives you increased flexibility in the choice of implementation technologies and locations for the service providers and consumers. The abstracted service interfaces also enable providers and consumers ...

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