Enterprise Integration Patterns is a book I co-authored; check out the reviews for yourself. For a couple of years now, the total has been stuck at 4.0-4.5 stars because of helpful reviews like "A Tactical Book" (which says: it's all about using messaging systems) and "Good for concepts but lacks practical usage" (which says: After reading this book I know concepts but still have to buy real Biztalk book.). I'm also amused by "interesting patterns with a little bit of hype", which warns, "One word of warning, it's a "Martin Fowler Signature Series Book", which means it's more interested in being on the bleeding edge as opposed to being thorough." As Martin once commented to me: I feel sorry for anyone who considers this stuff bleeding edge.
Anyway, those reviews aside, there are now enough 5-star reviews to make the overall average round-up to 5.0. Not bad for a book that was published almost five years ago, an eternity for a computer book.
For some good developerWorks articles on this topic, see:
- "Services-based enterprise integration patterns made easy": "Part 1: The evolution of basic concepts," "Part 2: More on the evolution of basic concepts," and "Part 3: Web services and registry"
- "SOA programming model, Part 2: Applying business integration patterns in WebSphere Process Server"
- "Toward a pattern language for Service-Oriented Architecture and Integration"
- "Application architecture essentials, Part 2: Getting started with design patterns"