Some clarity about 'services'

Summary:If you're looking for some good working definitions and explanations about what SOA is all about, ServiceOrientation.org is a good place to start.

If you're looking for some good working definitions and explanations about what SOA is all about, ServiceOrientation.org is a good place to start.

Created by Thomas Erl, author of Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML & Web Services,the site provides nice brief, to-the-point overviews (and some charts)of concepts such as service reusability, contracts, loose coupling, andabstraction.

The site also includes a bunch of good quotesabout SOA. A favorite is from Microsoft's Mike Burner: "Presented withan egg, a farmer might envision a chick; a cookmight envision an omelet; and a child might envision a brightly paintedEaster decoration. Service orientation is an egg."








Topics: Enterprise Software

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Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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