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IT Architectures and Middleware: Strategies for Building Large, Integrated Systems

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<pre>Author/s : Chris Britton
Publisher : Addison-Wesley
Category : Design & Refactory
Review by : Ajith Kallambella - Sheriff, December 2001</pre>

An excellent coverage of what's, why's and how's of middleware technologies.
The book gives an interesting perspective into the growth of middleware solutions with special focus on enterprise systems architecture and distributed technologies. The long journey that begins with TP monitors and primitive "transaction machines" covers a great deal of ground outlining the need-driven evolution of various middleware alternatives and ends with the discussion of latest - the EJB, .NET and CORBA. There is a special emphasis on the changing landscape brought about by the rise of eCommerce and the need to manage large-scale enterprise systems.
I love the way author drives home some very complex concepts. This book can serve as an indispensable resource both for beginners and experienced professionals. While the novice can easily comprehend intricacies of IT architecture, experienced architects will find a lot of food for throughout and new insights into many issues. I personally had many "ah, what a brilliant idea" moments. You will find many useful and perhaps unconventional solutions to practical problems. It can even help an IT manager to understand the real middleware and IT architecture issues and to make intelligent decisions without having to get deep into technical waters.
Overall, this book is a must have and deserves 10 horseshoes.
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[This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited December 05, 2001).]
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