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Enterprise Integration with Ruby


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Enterprise Integration with Ruby


Learn how the power and elegance of Ruby can make it easier to get enterprise-level applications to work together. See how Ruby can be used as the glue to combine applications in new ways, extending their lives and increasing their (and your) value to your company.

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I have a feeling that literally days of my life have been saved. Thanks Maik!

- Adam Keys

It’s incredible. I love this book. It filled in so many gaps that I had. It’s also given me excellent ammunition for anyone asking “but what can I do with Ruby.”

- Joe O'Brien


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About this Title

Pages: 360
Published: 2006-04-01
Release: P1.0 (2006-05-04)
ISBN: 978-0-9766-9406-9

This book shows how new applications can be rapidly constructed by combining existing enterprise systems, all with a fraction of the effort of conventional application development

With this book, you’ll:

  • Solve difficult integration problems easily and quickly
  • Use relational databases and LDAP effectively
  • Automate your software deployment process
  • Process and transfer XML documents
  • Tie distributed applications together using Sockets, HTTP, REST, XML-RPC, SOAP, and other technologies

Typical enterprises use dozens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of applications, components, services, and databases. These run on heterogeneous operating systems and hardware, they use databases and messaging systems from various vendors, and they were written in different programming languages. And it’s your job to make them work together.

his book shows you how the power and elegance of Ruby can greatly simplify your job. Use it as a glue language to bind your enterprise applications using technologies including:

  • Oracle, MySQL, and friends: use relational databases directly, and via mapping layers such as ActiveRecord.
  • LDAP: Harness the power of directory services.
  • XML Documents: create, validate, and read XML documents for easy information interchange
  • Sockets, HTTP, and REST: sometimes the low-level communications protocols are the simplest way to get things moving.
  • XML-RPC, SOAP, CORBA, RMI and others: and sometimes you need the high-level protocols to get the job done

This isn’t a book full of theory. Maik builds real life applications to illustrate all the techniques and technologies. It isn’t a love fest either: Maik isn’t afraid to point out the weaknesses in the approaches and in the libraries he’s describing.

This is a pragmatic book

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Maik Schmidt has worked as a software developer for more than a decade. He makes a living from creating complex solutions for mid-size enterprises. Besides his day-job he writes book reviews and articles for computer science magazines and contributes code to Open Source projects. In his spare time he enjoys reading, blogging, and scuba diving.