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[Video] Messaging and Architecture Discussion at ALT.NET


In this video, Greg Young, Martin Fowler, Evan Hoff, Dru Sellers, myself and some others discussed various aspects of event-based systems, how Domain-Driven Design works with them, what role messaging has, and how all these connect to architectural properties like scalability and fault tolerance.

One of the questions that Martin started answering was how teams can start getting into the messaging state-of-mind. Unfortunately, the conversation veered off into what kind of messaging interactions are appropriate leaving the original question unanswered.

I’m hoping to address this topic with some of the information I’m putting up on the nServiceBus site. There’s always Gregor and Bobby’s excellent EIP book that I think is a must for anybody writing distributed systems.

Enjoy.

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Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2008.



Visual Cobol, Enterprise Processes, and SOA


There’s a fairly intense discussion going on these days amongst the SOA illuminati. In the hopes that people will see me standing beside them and conclude that I too know something, I’ve decided to chip in.

Jim brought the concept of cohesion to the regular SOA discussions around loose coupling in his post Anemic Service Model, which I think, all in all, is a very good idea.

Naïve Service Composition

image Jim first calls out a common anti-pattern that seems to have become quite rampant – I’d call it naïve service composition if only the things being composed could even be called services. And I think the tone being set is correct – a service needs to meet a stronger set of criteria than just being able to be composed. Multiple services sharing the same logical data store (in that the same actual rows/data elements are managed by multiple services) probably means there’s an encapsulation problem here. I agree with Jim sentiment here:

“On the one hand we’re inclined, and indeed encouraged by the SOA brigade, to think of this architecture as a good fit for purpose because it is very loosely coupled. Since every component or service is decoupled from every other component or service it should be possible to arrange and re-arrange them in a Lego-style in a myriad of useful ways. Building out “business services” from some more fundamental set of services is how the books tell us to do it. In fact we could even do that quite easily with point-and-[click] BPM tools, ruling out such overheads as developers and change management along the way. Right?”

MVC? There are, like, 6 of them!image

However, I disagree with some of the conclusions that Jim draws from that point. Jim states “build your services to implement business processes”, and that services are “just an instance of MVC”. I’m going to leave alone the MVC statement since there are like 6 documented kinds of MVC not including the Front Controller stuff that the web guys are now calling MVC. I’m going to focus on the business process advice. JJ also doesn’t seem to agree with this advice. As Savas has already taken issue with the tone of JJ’s response, I’ll keep my focus on the content.

Visual Cobol

First of all, in my previous conversations with Jim he had already denounced the procedural nature of composing higher-level business processes out of smaller services which implement small bits of common activities. Visual Cobol was how he described it. In JJ’s follow-up post, he called out the necessary aspect of autonomy that jives with Jim’s cohesion principle.

I’m a bit concerned about the way JJ tends to version what SOA means over time. It might make it impossible to have intelligent design discussions without tagging each sentence with “as SOA meant in 2006″. I acknowledge that the accepted meaning of SOA by various vendors has changed over the years. However, I’ve found that meanings rooted in decades of computer science tend to last and provide value that outlasts much of the industry-buzzword-bingo (SOA 2.0 anyone?).

Cohesion, Business Domains, and Business Processes

image My view of the original cohesion principles Steve discusses in his 2005 article Old Measures for New Services takes a business spin to Functional Cohesion:

A service should be responsible for one business domain.

If we jump off from this point, we’ll see that certain business processes which occur entirely in one business domain are fully encapsulated, whereas those macro-processes which cross many domains (like Order to Cash) cross multiple services – they do not become a service since that would break the “one business domain” rule. Given that services are loosely coupled, avoiding temporal coupling leads to services raising events. Thus, macro-processes are really just a series of events of various services where each service does its own internal business processes.

Enterprise Processes >> Business Processes

I think that maybe some of the difficulty in discussing concrete SOA guidance has to do with granularity. I’ve started calling those macro-processes something different from business processes, and that may just bring me full circle to Jim’s guidance.

An Enterprise Process is any process which involves multiple business domains.

Under that definition, a service may be responsible for multiple business processes in the same business domain. But still, one business process is usually not a service by itself.

Business Components & Autonomous Components to the Rescue

image Finally, by introducing the additional levels of decomposition of business components and autonomous components I’ve found that we can focus the discourse on one concern at a time. My presentation on the topic can be found here. The 30 second pitch is this:

Business domains are inherently partitionable – data and rules. A business component represents one partition. An example of this is the domain of Sales being partitioned by strategic and non-strategic customers. Although the data structure might be similar or the same, the actual rows/data elements are not shared. Rules around discounts are different.

Within a business component, different activities should not interfere with each other. An autonomous component represents one activity. In our example, reporting on orders from strategic customers should not interfere with accepting their orders. As such, those activities should have different messages coming in on different endpoints. Each endpoint could have different characteristics, like durability. Losing a request for a report when a server restarts isn’t a big deal, however not a good idea for orders.

For more information you could check out these episodes from my podcast:

Business and Autonomous Components in SOA

Using Autonomous Components for SLAs in SOA

Questions and comments are always welcome.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008.



Twitter


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After seeing everybody twittering at both the MVP summit and the ALT.NET conference, I’ve decided to take the plunge. Not quite sure what to expect, but here goes.

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Posted on Sunday, April 20th, 2008.



Time Dimension Necessary For Successful SOA Data Strategy


I often run into companies working on an SOA initiative where certain information aspects are given more importance than is warranted and, as a result, the overall service coupling is increased. Sometimes this takes the form of a Canonical Data Model or as a Master Data Management service. In both cases, information is divorced from its business context. Steve Jones (one of the SOA guiding lights out there) states “data only counts where it works” and I strongly agree. Due to the somewhat “wishy-washy” definition of services, I’ve found that the term Business Component captures that essence – data encapsulated in a business context.

In his post, Steve provides concrete guidance on how to look at data:

“The point about these bits of data is that they are about recording what has happened. Where this approach falls down is when you try and apply that approach to what is happening.”

One of the core ways that I suggest you avoid falling down the Data Services rabbit hole is to keep the context of time in mind as you analyse the data your services use and are responsible for. Ask yourself questions like:

  1. Who creates this specific data element – not just this kind of data?
  2. Can we partition these creators based on some property of the data?
  3. When do they create it?
  4. At what point can others access this data?
  5. Do others need to use this data in their own business processes?
  6. If so, how up-to-date does the data need to be? Up to the minute? Up to the millisecond?
  7. Can we avoid transactions between those who create data and those who use it while maintaining business correctness?

In a follow up post, I’ll be analysing how we can identify services and business components in a domain by using these questions. More importantly, we’ll see how the message contracts of our services can be driven out by answering them.

Stay tuned.

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Posted on Sunday, April 20th, 2008.



WCF, Smart Clients, and Deadlocks


There’s a new article up on MSDN describing how to write Smart Clients using WCF. The author is none other than WCF-Master Lowy and he goes over the multitude of ways you can deadlock yourself.

Here’s a taste:

UI Thread and Concurrency Management

Whenever you use hosting on the UI thread, deadlocks are possible. For example, the following setup is guaranteed to result with a deadlock: A Windows Forms application is hosting a service with UseSynchronizationContext set to true, and UI thread affinity is established. The Windows Forms application then calls the service over one of its endpoints. The call to the service blocks the UI thread, while WCF posts a message to the UI thread to invoke the service. That message is never processed, because of the blocking UI thread—hence, the deadlock.

Another possible case for a deadlock occurs when a Windows Forms application is hosting a service with UseSynchronizationContext set to true and UI thread affinity is established. The service receives a call from a remote client. That call is marshaled to the UI thread and is eventually executed on that thread. If the service is allowed to call out to another service, that can result in a deadlock if the callout causality tries somehow to update the UI or call back to the service’s endpoint, because all of the service instances that are associated with any endpoint (regardless of the service-instancing mode) share the same UI thread.

Similarly, you risk a deadlock if the service is configured for reentrancy and it calls back to its client. You risk a deadlock if the callback causality tries to update the UI or enter the service, because that reentrance must be marshaled to the blocked UI thread.

Actually, I have difficulty believing that Juval would go so far as to suggest that even the forms should be services, but he does:

Form as a Service

The main motivation for hosting a WCF service on the UI thread is if the service must update the UI or the form. The problem is always: How does the service reach out and obtain a reference to the form? While the techniques and ideas that appear thus far in the listings certainly work, it would be simpler yet if the form were the service and hosted itself. For this to work, the form (or any window) must be a singleton service. The reason is that singleton is the only instancing mode that enables you to provide WCF with a live instance to host. In addition, you would not want a per-call form that exists only during a client call (which is usually very brief), nor would you want a per-session form that only a single client can establish a session with and update.

When a form is also a service, having that form as a singleton service is the best instancing mode all around.

I think that this article serves as a great treatise leading to only one conclusion – you’d have to be crazy to try to do this without some higher level framework, preferably with a different low-level framework too :-) . Sucks Microsoft didn’t put one out – nor is there a pending beta, CTP, or even word about some project with a codename handling this. From what I know about Prism, it doesn’t intend to handle this issue either.

One thing that isn’t covered in the article is that if you do choose not to tie the client-side service to the UI thread, you open yourself up to race conditions. Reasons you’d want to handle messages on a different thread center around UI responsiveness. I’ve written about these things before:

The more I read things like this, the more I feel that I have to get going with my nServiceBus based solution. I’m fairly swamped as it is, so if anyone is interested in helping get this project off the ground, I’d be most grateful – as I think anyone else that had to build a smart client would.

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Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2008.



Scalability Article up on InfoQ


I’ve published a new article on performance and scalability on InfoQ:

Spectacular Scalability with Smart Service Contracts

In this article, I attempt to debunk some of the myths around stateless-ness as the key to scalability.

Here’s how it starts:

It was a sunny day in June 2005 and our spirits were high as we watched the new ordering system we’d worked on for the past 2 years go live in our production environment. Our partners began sending us orders and our monitoring system showed us that everything looked good. After an hour or so, our COO sent out an email to our strategic partners letting them know that they should send their orders to the new system. 5 minutes later, one server went down. A minute after that, 2 more went down. Partners started calling in. We knew that we wouldn’t be seeing any of that sun for a while.

The system that was supposed to increase the profitability of orders from strategic partners crumbled. The then seething COO emailed the strategic partners again, this time to ask them to return to the old system. The weird thing was that although we had servers to spare, just a few orders from a strategic customer could bring a server to its knees. The system could scale to large numbers of regular partners, but couldn’t handle even a few strategic partners.

This is the story of what we did wrong, what we did to fix it, and how it all worked out.

Continue reading…

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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2008.



TechEd Israel Wrap Up


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To all the people who came to see my talks at TechEd Israel, I just wanted to thank you for being such a great audience and asking insightful questions.

You can find the slides here:

It was a bit unfortunate that video wasn’t recorded for these talks, however since I previously gave the DomainModel talk at TechEd Barcelona you can watch the video (in English) but you have to log in to the TechEd site first, otherwise the DRM will block the video. I’m not sure if this is set up for TechEd Israel attendees, but I hope so.

Enjoy.

Watch in Media Player

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Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008.



NServiceBus Explanations


Ayende’s been going over nServiceBus, seeing how it’s built, and raising various questions and concerns. I’ll begin by taking them from the outside, in – that is, first API questions, and then internal structure issues.

SendLocal

First of all, the effect of calling SendLocal on IBus takes all the logical messages passed in (params IMessage[] messages), wraps them in a single TransportMessage, and puts that physical message at the end of the local queue. This call is equivalent to calling “Send(TransportMessage m, string destination);” on ITransport when passing in transport.Address as the parameter of destination.

There are numerous advantages to having this method, but one is the most important.

When client send a service a set of messages using “void Send(params IMessage[] messages);”, the client is requesting that the server treat this batch of messages as a unit of work. Under certain conditions, the service may choose to ignore the clients wishes – not least of which because the client has sent a ton of messages and the service doesn’t want ACID transactions to last a long time as they hurt throughput. In this case the server would use an intercepting message handler to go over those messages and call SendLocal for each. In other words, the server can set up units of work as it sees fit – taking into account client preference as well.

Other advantages include the ability to break apart complex or long-running logic into an “internal pipeline”. The Timeout Manager also makes use of this facility for “holding onto” messages until some condition occurs.

Return(errorCode)

The reason that integers are used as error codes is just so that you can push enums through them. This is the simplest way to get errors back to the client. More importantly, we take into account who on the client would be interested in this data.

Clients are often built using MVC with an additional Service Agent layer. Service Agents deal with translating the intent of Controllers into messages. Controllers don’t know about messaging, nor should they. However, they need to know when something fails with calls they initiated. As such, they are the final consumer of these error-code-enums, and integers are used to express them; that way Controllers don’t need to take a dependency on nServiceBus.

DoNotContinueDispatchingCurrentMessageToHandlers

This method on bus is used by intercepting message handlers in order to instruct the bus not to pass the current message on to subsequent handlers in the pipeline. This is often used by authentication and authorization handlers when those checks fail. This is what makes the message handling pipeline possible.

BuildAndDispatch

This method is defined on IBuilder and is used by the bus when dispatching messages to handlers. The reason that this exists instead of just having the bus ask the builder to create the handler and dispatch the call itself has to do with client-side threading. You can find the full explanation here – Object Builder, the place to fix system-wide threading bugs.

Summary

NServiceBus has grown over the years in environments where I’ve had the luxury of deciding most, if not all of the design of the systems involved. As such, it has taken on just the responsibilities needed from infrastructure in order to develop robust, flexible, and scalable systems. Check out the nServiceBus site.

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Posted on Sunday, March 30th, 2008.



Judgement and Experience


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[Filed under quotable quotes]

Good judgement comes from experience,

and experience comes from bad judgement – if you survive it.

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Posted on Sunday, March 30th, 2008.



I Hate WSDL


Ted says it really well, and let me add a big +1.

Note to those who didn’t attend the session: you didn’t hear me say it, so I’ll repeat it: I hate WSDL almost as much as I hate Las Vegas. Ask me why sometime, or if I get enough of a critical mass of questions, I’ll blog it. If you’ve seen me do talks on Web Services, though, you’ve probably heard the rant: WSDL creates tightly-coupled endpoints precisely where loose coupling is necessary, WSDL encourages schema definitions that are inflexible and unevolvable, and WSDL intrinsically assumes a synchronous client-server invocation model that doesn’t really meet the scalability or feature needs of the modern enterprise. And that’s just for starters.

I hate WSDL.

I still hate Vegas more, though.

image Web Services, and WSDL by connection have taken hold of the industry like cancer – inhibiting the minds of otherwise intelligent developers and architects. Whenever I get the “Web Services Question” (Does X support Web Services – where X is some design pattern, tool, and sometimes nServiceBus), I have to suppress an urge to groan – I’ve got the question that many times. The other day I was at a client and Sam, their head architect asked me that question. I gave my stock response:

“When you say ‘Web Services’, are you referring to SOAP or WSDL, and is HTTP a necessary component too?”

See how good I got at the suppressing thing?

Sam conceded that Web Services over TCP is OK too, so I pressed on with:

“What about UDP? FTP? MSMQ? Is it still ‘Web Services’ then? Is the rule then that ‘Web Services’ == SOAP?”

At that point, Sam was beginning to get a little flustered.

“And what’s so great about SOAP? Is it the interoperability? Because that’s just because it’s based on XSD.”

He didn’t know how to reply. Instead, he walked away from the whiteboard and sat down. I didn’t let up:

“And what if we want to do something other than Request/Response? How about one request with many responses? How about many requests and one response? And why does this decision need to be rigid? Shouldn’t we just be able to decide programmatically how many responses we want to return? Wouldn’t that flexibility be better than creating huge response structures for web methods to return?”

image Sam made his last stand:

“Look, we can’t go and do something different from the rest of the industry. Everybody else is doing Web Services. It’s not like the technology doesn’t work.”

I gave way, a little:

“If you want, we can offer two interfaces. One, the flexible, robust, scalable XSD over messaging based solution. The second, an icky, synchronous Web Services facade which calls into our first interface.

I’m not saying that the technology doesn’t work – but both of us know that every problem has multiple solutions, some are fragile and error prone like WS, others are more elegant and have decades of knowledge behind them like messaging.

But we can do both if you like. How’s that?”

image And it was agreed. The entire system would be built on one-way messaging patterns using XSD in cases where interoperability was required. And WS would be layered on, like a tiny little pig on top of a gigantic lipstick … thing – hmm, that metaphor isn’t really working – well, you get the idea.

I hate WSDL. Never been to Vegas, though.

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Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2008.



   


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I look forward to working with Udi again in the future.”

Christopher Bennage Christopher Bennage, President at Blue Spire Consulting, Inc.
“My company was hired to be the primary development team for a large scale and highly distributed application. Since these are not necessarily everyday requirements, we wanted to bring in some additional expertise. We chose Udi because of his blogging, podcasting, and speaking. We asked him to to review our architectural strategy as well as the overall viability of project.
I was very impressed, as Udi demonstrated a broad understanding of the sorts of problems we would face. His advice was honest and unbiased and very pragmatic. Whenever I questioned him on particular points, he was able to backup his opinion with real life examples. I was also impressed with his clarity and precision. He was very careful to untangle the meaning of words that might be overloaded or otherwise confusing. While Udi's hourly rate may not be the cheapest, the ROI is undoubtedly a deal. I would highly recommend consulting with Udi.”

Robert Lewkovich, Product / Development Manager at Eggs Overnight
“Udi's advice and consulting were a huge time saver for the project I'm responsible for. The $ spent were well worth it and provided me with a more complete understanding of nServiceBus and most importantly in helping make the correct architectural decisions earlier thereby reducing later, and more expensive, rework.”

Ray Houston Ray Houston, Director of Development at TOPAZ Technologies
“Udi's SOA class made me smart - it was awesome.

The class was very well put together. The materials were clear and concise and Udi did a fantastic job presenting it. It was a good mixture of lecture, coding, and question and answer. I fully expected that I would be taking notes like crazy, but it was so well laid out that the only thing I wrote down the entire course was what I wanted for lunch. Udi provided us with all the lecture materials and everyone has access to all of the samples which are in the nServiceBus trunk.

Now I know why Udi is the "Software Simplist." I was amazed to find that all the code and solutions were indeed very simple. The patterns that Udi presented keep things simple by isolating complexity so that it doesn't creep into your day to day code. The domain code looks the same if it's running in a single process or if it's running in 100 processes.”

Ian Cooper Ian Cooper, Team Lead at Beazley
“Udi is one of the leaders in the .Net development community, one of the truly smart guys who do not just get best architectural practice well enough to educate others but drives innovation. Udi consistently challenges my thinking in ways that make me better at what I do.”

Liron Levy, Team Leader at Rafael
“I've met Udi when I worked as a team leader in Rafael. One of the most senior managers there knew Udi because he was doing superb architecture job in another Rafael project and he recommended bringing him on board to help the project I was leading.
Udi brought with him fresh solutions and invaluable deep architecture insights. He is an authority on SOA (service oriented architecture) and this was a tremendous help in our project.
On the personal level - Udi is a great communicator and can persuade even the most difficult audiences (I was part of such an audience myself..) by bringing sound explanations that draw on his extensive knowledge in the software business. Working with Udi was a great learning experience for me, and I'll be happy to work with him again in the future.”

Adam Dymitruk Adam Dymitruk, Director of IT at Apara Systems
“I met Udi for the first time at DevTeach in Montreal back in early 2007. While Udi is usually involved in SOA subjects, his knowledge spans all of a software development company's concerns. I would not hesitate to recommend Udi for any company that needs excellent leadership, mentoring, problem solving, application of patterns, implementation of methodologies and straight out solution development.
There are very few people in the world that are as dedicated to their craft as Udi is to his. At ALT.NET Seattle, Udi explained many core ideas about SOA. The team that I brought with me found his workshop and other talks the highlight of the event and provided the most value to us and our organization. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recommend him.”

Eytan Michaeli Eytan Michaeli, CTO Korentec
“Udi was responsible for a major project in the company, and as a chief architect designed a complex multi server C4I system with many innovations and excellent performance.”


Carl Kenne Carl Kenne, .Net Consultant at Dotway AB
“Udi's session "DDD in Enterprise apps" was truly an eye opener. Udi has a great ability to explain complex enterprise designs in a very comprehensive and inspiring way. I've seen several sessions on both DDD and SOA in the past, but Udi puts it in a completly new perspective and makes us understand what it's all really about. If you ever have a chance to see any of Udi's sessions in the future, take it!”

Avi Nehama, R&D Project Manager at Retalix
“Not only that Udi is a briliant software architecture consultant, he also has remarkable abilities to present complex ideas in a simple and concise manner, and...
always with a smile. Udi is indeed a top-league professional!”

Ben Scheirman Ben Scheirman, Lead Developer at CenterPoint Energy
“Udi is one of those rare people who not only deeply understands SOA and domain driven design, but also eloquently conveys that in an easy to grasp way. He is patient, polite, and easy to talk to. I'm extremely glad I came to his workshop on SOA.”

Scott C. Reynolds Scott C. Reynolds, Director of Software Engineering at CBLPath
“Udi is consistently advancing the state of thought in software architecture, service orientation, and domain modeling.
His mastery of the technologies and techniques is second to none, but he pairs that with a singular ability to listen and communicate effectively with all parties, technical and non, to help people arrive at context-appropriate solutions. Every time I have worked with Udi, or attended a talk of his, or just had a conversation with him I have come away from it enriched with new understanding about the ideas discussed.”

Evgeny-Hen Osipow, Head of R&D at PCLine
“Udi has helped PCLine on projects by implementing architectural blueprints demonstrating the value of simple design and code.”

Rhys Campbell Rhys Campbell, Owner at Artemis West
“For many years I have been following the works of Udi. His explanation of often complex design and architectural concepts are so cleanly broken down that even the most junior of architects can begin to understand these concepts. These concepts however tend to typify the "real world" problems we face daily so even the most experienced software expert will find himself in an "Aha!" moment when following Udi teachings.
It was a pleasure to finally meet Udi in Seattle Alt.Net OpenSpaces 2008, where I was pleasantly surprised at how down-to-earth and approachable he was. His depth and breadth of software knowledge also became apparent when discussion with his peers quickly dove deep in to the problems we current face. If given the opportunity to work with or recommend Udi I would quickly take that chance. When I think .Net Architecture, I think Udi.”

Sverre Hundeide Sverre Hundeide, Senior Consultant at Objectware
“Udi had been hired to present the third LEAP master class in Oslo. He is an well known international expert on enterprise software architecture and design, and is the author of the open source messaging framework nServiceBus. The entire class was based on discussion and interaction with the audience, and the only Power Point slide used was the one showing the agenda.
He started out with sketching a naive traditional n-tier application (big ball of mud), and based on suggestions from the audience we explored different solutions which might improve the solution. Whatever suggestions we threw at him, he always had a thoroughly considered answer describing pros and cons with the suggested solution. He obviously has a lot of experience with real world enterprise SOA applications.”

Raphaël Wouters Raphaël Wouters, Owner/Managing Partner at Medinternals
“I attended Udi's excellent course 'Advanced Distributed System Design with SOA and DDD' at Skillsmatter. Few people can truly claim such a high skill and expertise level, present it using a pragmatic, concrete no-nonsense approach and still stay reachable.”

Nimrod Peleg Nimrod Peleg, Lab Engineer at Technion IIT
“One of the best programmers and software engineer I've ever met, creative, knows how to design and implemet, very collaborative and finally - the applications he designed implemeted work for many years without any problems!

Jose Manuel Beas
“When I attended Udi's SOA Workshop, then it suddenly changed my view of what Service Oriented Architectures were all about. Udi explained complex concepts very clearly and created a very productive discussion environment where all the attendees could learn a lot. I strongly recommend hiring Udi.”

Daniel Jin Daniel Jin, Senior Lead Developer at PJM Interconnection
“Udi is one of the top SOA guru in the .NET space. He is always eager to help others by sharing his knowledge and experiences. His blog articles often offer deep insights and is a invaluable resource. I highly recommend him.”

Pasi Taive Pasi Taive, Chief Architect at Tieto
“I attended both of Udi's "UI Composition Key to SOA Success" and "DDD in Enterprise Apps" sessions and they were exceptionally good. I will definitely participate in his sessions again. Udi is a great presenter and has the ability to explain complex issues in a manner that everyone understands.”

Eran Sagi, Software Architect at HP
“So far, I heard about Service Oriented architecture all over. Everyone mentions it – the big buzz word. But, when I actually asked someone for what does it really mean, no one managed to give me a complete satisfied answer. Finally in his excellent course “Advanced Distributed Systems”, I got the answers I was looking for. Udi went over the different motivations (principles) of Services Oriented, explained them well one by one, and showed how each one could be technically addressed using NService bus. In his course, Udi also explain the way of thinking when coming to design a Service Oriented system. What are the questions you need to ask yourself in order to shape your system, place the logic in the right places for best Service Oriented system.

I would recommend this course for any architect or developer who deals with distributed system, but not only. In my work we do not have a real distributed system, but one PC which host both the UI application and the different services inside, all communicating via WCF. I found that many of the architecture principles and motivations of SOA apply for our system as well. Enough that you have SW partitioned into components and most of the principles becomes relevant to you as well. Bottom line – an excellent course recommended to any SW Architect, or any developer dealing with distributed system.”

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