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Preface

Preface

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a way of organizing software. If your company’s development projects adhere to the principles of SOA, the outcome is an inventory of modular units called services, which allow for a quick response to change.

That’s it, more or less. So why read the book?

We tell the story as simply as possible to keep you from the heartbreak of MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over). We assume that you have an elementary knowledge of software, but we give you a fast explanation of any phrase that might leave you uncertain. At the same time, we offer examples and illustrations, giving a practical meaning to abstract ideas.

The book can make you feel comfortable as you start to work with service-oriented products, but there’s more. The level of detail will enable you to get the most out of technical articles and even to explore the publicly available specifications that describe the technology in depth.

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