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  • How the TOGAF Standard Serves Enterprise Architecture

    Any architect working with large enterprise systems has probably looked for guidance on how to manage the complexity and communicate with various stakeholders. This introductory overview of the TOGAF standard explains the structure of the framework, as well as discusses the benefits of using enterprise architecture to manage complex systems.

  • 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.

  • Reactive Messaging Patterns with the Actor Model Book Review and Q&A with Vaughn Vernon

    Vaughn Vernon in his new book Reactive Messaging Patterns with the Actor Model shows how this model can simplify enterprise software development. After an introduction to the basics of the actor model and tutorials on Scala and Akka the rest of the book is a patterns catalogue describing most of the patterns in the book Enterprise Integration Patterns from an actor model perspective.

  • EIP Designer: Bridging the Gap Between EA and Development

    This article presents the EIP Designer project, an Eclipse-based tool for introducing integration patterns into an EA design, providing fluidity and continuity while filling the gap existing between EA practices and concrete software development.

  • Twenty Years of Patterns’ Impact

    In this article, authors talk about the impact of pattern languages on the software design community over the past 20 years. They discuss patterns like Enterprise Integration Patterns, open source ESBs and patterns as a design tool.

  • Bridging Subsidiaries With the Cloud to Create a Global API

    One of the biggest challenges in modern business is how you integrate subsidiaries and present a single global view so that customers and partners find it simpler to integrate with your organisation. In this article we will discuss a fictitious sample based on a real-world scenario and look at some of the challenges and good practices that you should look to implement to be successful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Book Excerpt and Interview: Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide

    A new book by David Linthicum, Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to get the enterprise ready for cloud computing by carefully modeling enterprise data, information services and processes in a service oriented manner to make the transition to providing and consuming cloud services easier.

  • RESTful HTTP in practice

    Gregor Roth overviews the basics of RESTful HTTP and discusses typical issues that developers face when they design RESTful HTTP applications, showing how to apply the REST architecture style in practice. Gregor describes commonly used approaches to name URIs, discusses how to interact with resources through the Uniform interface, when to use PUT or POST and how to support non-CRUD operations.

  • Getting Started With Spring Integration

    In this article, Joshua Long introduces the readers to Spring Integration, an extension of the Spring framework supporting the Enterprise Integration Patterns. After a short introduction into Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), the article presents an example of the integration between an email application and a blogger one.

  • Choosing between Routing and Orchestration in an ESB

    In this article, Adrien Louis and Marc Dutoo discuss the differences and relative merits of using orchestration vs. routing in a typical ESB setup. They discuss various approaches to connecting services, from low level ones like customized routing, to high-level ones using business oriented approaches like workflow and orchestration, and conclude that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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