The making of the Oracle Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook
Almost a year ago I started to think about writing a cookbook for the Oracle Service Bus (OSB). I first discussed it with Mischa Kölliker, a colleague at Trivadis and he was happy to join the team. Next I have used the Oracle SOA and E2.0 Partner Community Forum in March 2011 to talk to Edwin Biemond and Eric Elzinga, two well-known OSB experts and Oracle ACE colleagues. Gladly they were as enthusiastic as me about putting together a book with lot’s of recipes of how to use the Oracle Service Bus in practice. They also introduced me to Jan van Zoggel, who joined the team as well. So the setup of the team of authors was complete: The Netherland – Switzerland 3:2 (could have been the final result of a football game).
I have then started to talk to Packt Publishing, the publisher of the book, about my idea and the team I have put together. At the beginning of May 2011 the outline for the book was setup and at the end of May 2011 we have signed the contract with the publisher.
This was the start of 6 very busy months for me, writing and internally reviewing the 80+ recipes inside the 12 chapters of the book!
At the beginning our aim was to include recipes for all roles involved in the development of an OSB solution. But in August 2011, after writing the first few chapters, we could see that it would not be possible to fit all of that into the 500+ pages we agreed with Packt, which I think is a reasonable size for such a cookbook. That’s why we decided to change the focus to an OSB Development Cookbook, “only” including recipes targeting the development on the Oracle Service Bus. That’s why topics such as Monitoring, Management, Deployment are not covered in that book.
We finished the draft version of the book at the end of November.
From middle of December, I have worked on the feedback we got from the reviewers and finish everything by the end of the year. Thanks to Matthias, Jelle, Matt and Peter for your valuable input and comments, we really appreciate your help!
Unfortunately I broke my leg at the beginning of December playing ice hockey. But that was positive for the book, as I had a lot of time to really focus on the last part of the project and to make sure to reach the deadline we got from the publisher.
In January 2012 the final changes to the book have been made and then the production started with the result now being publicly available!
The book now contains a bit more than 80 practical recipes to develop solutions on the Oracle Service Bus 11g. The are organized into the following 12 chapters (digit behind the title is the number of recipes contained in the chapter):
- Creating a basic OSB service (13)
- Working efficiently with OSB artifacts in Eclipse OEPE (7)
- Messaging with JMS transport (9)
- Using EJB and JEJB transport (5)
- Using HTTP transport (5)
- Using File and Mail transports (5)
- Using JCA adapter to communicate to the database (6)
- Using SOA Direct transport to communicate with SOA Suite (4)
- Communication, Flow Control and Message Processing (10)
- Reliable communication with OSB (5)
- Handling Message-Level Security requirements (9)
- Handling Transport-Level Security requirements (4)
Throughout the book, we have consistently used diagrams, such as the one below, to clearly show the setup of a given recipe. The following image is showing a proxy service using the AQ JCA adapter to consume from a queue (EVENT_QUEUE) inside an Oracle database.
I got the printed version of the book a few days ago and I really like the result!
You can find the first two reviews of the book here:
- The SOA@Oracle SCA, BPEL, BPM & Service Bus blog – Thanks Marc for your review!
- Weblog for the AMIS Technology corner – Thanks Lucas for your time to write such a complete review!
Thanks a lot to the team at Packt Publishing for all their hard work and support. It has been a long journey, but I’m very happy with what we have achieved!
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