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In the IT world, integration became an issue as soon as the second computer with the second application came online. Many different approaches to solving the complex problems associated with integration have been tried since that time, some of them more successful than others. At this point it's safe to say that integration is still an expensive, usually difficult, aspect of every major IT infrastructure. The need to collaborate across multiple businesses as well as large geographical and cultural divides has only added to the list of issues. Ten years ago, integration within an enterprise was typically built in one of two ways: by synchronizing data elements around a database or data warehouse, or by installing a complex, expensive ERP system and modifying every application to conform to that system's data model and interfaces. These types of integrations are comm... (more)

Patterns in Web Services Projects

Having been endorsed by virtually every technology vendor on the planet, Web services are now evolving from "feature" to "fabric." They are moving from the latest buzzword (hot new feature) to a mature and accepted technology (fabric of the technology landscape). The hype is fading; it's no longer interesting to develop Web services simply as a proof of technology, or as an end in themselves. This article is the first in a series that explores the use of Web services in real-world situations, with the purpose of identifying usage patterns. The idea behind the series is to help a... (more)