Monday, June 23, 2008

The Minimum You Need to Know (About Service Oriented Architecture)

Roland Hughes

ISBN: 9780977086665 - Logikal Solutions (2008)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (5/08)




Roland Hughes is the president of Logikal Solutions, a business applications consulting firm specializing in VMS platforms. Hughes serves as a lead consultant with over two decades of experience using computers and operating systems originally created by Digital Equipment Corporation (now owned by Hewlett-Packard). With a degree in Computer Information Systems, the author's experience is focused on OpenVMS systems across a variety of diverse industries including heavy equipment manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, stock exchanges, tax accounting, and hardware value-added resellers, to name a few. Working throughout these industries has strengthened the author's unique skill set and given him a broad perspective on the role and value of OpenVMS in industry.
 
Mr. Hughes' technical skill sets include the following tools that enable him to master and improve OpenVMS applications: DEC/VAX C, DEC/VAX C++, DEC BASIC, DCL, ACMS, MQ Series, DEC COBOL, RDB, POWERHOUSE, SQL, CMS/MMS, Oracle 8i, FORTRAN, FMS, and Java, among others. Being fluent in so many technical languages enables Hughes to share his knowledge more easily with other programmers.  
 
Highly technical in nature and not for beginners, this book series is an effort to pass along some of Roland's insights and skills to the next generation. I suggest that one read the three previous books to get a thorough knowledge of all the valuable information that Mr. Hughes has to offer. Having said that -- I don't mean to cut this volume short as it is loaded with equally informative material. Each book in the series covered specific topics and this volume is the fourth of that series. This volume, "The Minimum You Need to Know (About Service Oriented Architecture)," covers various topics and techniques for implementing a Service Oriented Architecture on the OpenVMS platform using ACMS, (the languages covered in a previous volume), "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" and Java.  The primary focus of the book is porting FMS based business applications to Intranet and Internet applications using ACMS.
 
With clearly defined examples and many diagrams and flow charts, this 370-page volume even has a source code CD. From a technical aspect, I could not have found a more detailed explanation of ACMS and the innovative methods explained by Mr. Hughes. I gave "The Minimum You Need to Know (About Service Oriented Architecture)" my highest rating of A+ and recommend it to all the software geeks that could use more information on this subject.


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