"While there are volumes of online magazines, blogs, trade
magazines, and books written about Service Oriented Architecture
(SOA), everything I need to know about SOA, I already learned from
Linux and the Open Source Software movement.
"For those of you who have managed to avoid the plethora of
aforementioned publications, SOA is the latest IT industry craze.
Some cynical people in the IT industry (myself included) think that
SOA is a marketing buzzword vendors use to sell their high-priced
'SOA-enabled' products to clueless IT managers. While SOA
definitely qualifies for buzzword status, there is substance to the
SOA concept. There is no single definition for the term SOA, but
most definitions focus on creating a flexible architecture using
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