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  • Application Integration for Microservices Architectures: A Service Mesh Is Not an ESB

    A service mesh is only meant to be used as infrastructure for communication between services, and developers should not be building any business logic inside the service mesh. Other frameworks and libraries can be used to implement cloud native enterprise application integration patterns.

  • Two Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Integrating Services

    With SOA, businesses moved from monolithic applications to heterogeneous designs by decomposing functionality into services. However, architects must be careful when integrating services. Often enterprises assume adopting patterns like ESB can help. Unfortunately, there are hidden challenges with these patterns. The danger is they go unnoticed during development but surface when a system is live.

  • Why SOA Should Be Viewed As “Dependency-Oriented Thinking”

    Ganesh Prasad proposes minimizing service dependencies in a SOA implementation rather than avoiding point-to-point connections in order to obtain a more flexible system that can evolve over time.

  • Minding the API Hierarchy of Needs with RAML and APIkit

    Reza Shafii explains how to satisfy two fundamental needs of API design and implementation, as defined by the API hierarchy of needs, with RAML, API Designer and APIkit.

  • Zato - Python-based ESB and Backend Application Server

    Zato is an open-source ESB and application server written in Python. It is designed to integrate systems in SOA and to build backend applications (i.e. API only).

  • Choosing the Right ESB for Your Integration Needs

    Kai Wähner explains the differences between an integration framework, an ESB and an integration suite, following with advice for selecting the right one from existing commercial and open source solutions.

  • Interview and Book Review: Spring Integration in Action

    Spring Integration in Action book, authored by Mark Fisher, Jonas Partner, Marius Bogoevici and Iwein Fuld, covers the Spring Integration framework which provides an implementation of Enterprise Integration Patterns based on Spring programming model. InfoQ spoke with authors about the book, Spring Integration framework, its strengths and limitations.

  • Mule ESB 3.3 Release and CloudHub

    MuleSoft, the company behind Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product Mule, recently released version 3.3 of the product. The new version's focus is to combine data integration with Mule's application integration capabilities and to deliver a solution for on-premise or cloud integration for developers. InfoQ spoke with Ross Mason and Daniel Feist about the new features and product roadmap.

  • Interview With Ross Mason On The Release Of Mule 3

    Mulesoft recently released Mule 3, their next generation ESB platform. The product comes with a lot of architectural changes under the hood to support the features aimed at making the product easier to use, such as Mule Cloud Connect and Flow, a message flow based service design. InfoQ caught up with Ross Mason to learn more about the product release and the new features in the product offering.

  • Error Handling Considerations in SOA Analysis & Design

    This paper looks at various error handling considerations associated with design of re-usable services and provides an outline of what error handling considerations apply during SOA analysis and design phases and also describes some best practices into designing these considerations to ensure that services are designed and implemented in all its completeness.

  • Patterns In The Context of SOA Business Services

    In this article Michael Poulin explores the different contexts in which SOA patterns are applied; how the products from different vendors influence these patterns and its effect on the responsibilities of business and IT. One such product is the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB); Michael evaluates a few patterns related the ESB products and their application under different contexts.

  • mySOA: Agile, Governed and Sustainable

    William El Kaim, Lead Architect at Carlson Wagonlit, provides a rare glimpse at all the choices, and the rationale behind them, he and his colleagues have made while building their organization's Service Oriented Architecture. How does your SOA compare? What will be the major evolutions in the next few years? How will the Cloud impact current SOAs?

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