A wise person once said that when you set out to do something, a good place to start is at the beginning.
Service-oriented architecture is no different. Often would be practitioners of SOA start in the middle, trying to integrate two different applications. In many cases that serves a tactical purpose, but that doesn’t address how to build a truly loosely coupled service. When you attempt to tackle that higher degree of difficulty, it all starts with modeling. You’d be looking at a haphazard design process and slew of problems in its wake if you failed to do a proper job of modeling your intended service.
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With that in mind, we’ve added a modeling lesson to our Service Orientation for Architects School. It offers a Webcast with noted SOA guru Thomas Erl, covering SOA design considerations and best practices. Erl ties design principles to the core principles of service orientation and delves into the relationships between various design elements.
Victor Harrison of Computer Sciences Corp. sat down for a podcast, giving five insider tips for SOA modeling. The final leg of the lesson is a report detailing what constitutes the SOA lifecycle and what architectural challenges arise as a result of this new development lifecycle. Do NOT miss this report. It features advice from numerous leading analysts in the SOA space and lays out the lifecycle considerations that need to be understood at the start of any SOA project. It qualifies as an essential resource.