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Since releasing my latest book, Enterprise Service Bus (O'Reilly Media, 2004), I have been doing a fair amount of visiting corporations, conducting seminars, and generally discussing with enterprise architects the subject of enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA) and how an enterprise service bus (ESB) backbone can be leveraged to provide a framework for an enterprise SOA. Along the way, I have been asked many questions about the nature of an ESB. I have also fended off some misconceptions that have been growing in the general IT population regarding what an ESB is and when, where, and how it can be used. I have gathered together the most popular questions and misconceptions, and offer some clarity in the form of a "top ten" list. Myth #1. ESB is just a new name for EAI. While many IT architecture groups are focusing on building SOAs, they still inevitably be... (more)

JAXM: Interoperable SOAP Communications for the Java Platform

The Java API for XML Messaging (JAXM) is a new Java application programming interface (API) that provides a standard way for Java applications to send and receive Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) messages. The basic idea is to allow developers to spend more time building, sending, receiving, and deconstructing messages for their applications and less time programming low-level XML communications routines. Developed through the Java Community Process, JAXM provides a simple yet flexible standard API for developing and deploying SOAP-based applications that can be truly interop... (more)

Guaranteed Messaging With JMS

The notion of guaranteed delivery of Java Message Service messages has been lightly touched on in other recently published articles on JMS. But what really makes a JMS message "guaranteed"? Should you just take it on faith, or would you like to know what's behind it? This article answers these questions via a detailed discussion of message persistence, internal acknowledgment rules, and message redelivery. Using excerpts condensed from the book we coauthored, Java Message Service, we'll explain how JMS guaranteed messaging works - including once-and-only-once delivery semantics,... (more)

Reliable SOAP for Web Services Messaging Has Finally Arrived! Leading IT Vendors Join Forces to Create Web Services Reliability

(January 14, 2003) - On Thursday January 9, Sonic Software and a number of other leading IT vendors, including Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corp, Oracle Corp., and Sun Microsystems, announced a proposal for a new Web services specification for reliable messaging: Web Services Reliability (WS-Reliability). The companies plan to submit WS-Reliability to a standards body on a royalty-free basis in the near future. Along with security, reliable asynchronous communications has been one of the gaping holes in today's Web services architecture. Lack of reliability, due to the inh... (more)

Universal Middleware: What's Happening With OSGi and Why You Should Care

The Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) Alliance is working to realize the vision of a "universal middleware" that will address issues such as application packaging, versioning, deployment, publication, and discovery. In this article we'll examine the need for the kind of container model provided by the OSGi, outline the capabilities it would provide, and discuss its relationship to complementary technologies such as SOA, SCA, and Spring. Enterprise software is often composed of large amounts of complex interdependent logic that makes it hard to adapt readily to changes in r... (more)