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Methods and Applications of Informatics and Information Technology

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Volume 56, Issue 3


Managing a RESTful SOA: Providing guidance for service designers and orientation for service consumers

Erik Wilde
Published Online: 2014-05-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2013-1034


Managing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) requires a well-defined model of what a service actually is, and a structure within which services can be published, documented, and consumed. Without such a definition and organizational structure, it is hard to reap the benefits of a SOA. This paper presents a case study that is closely aligned with how the Web is organized as a SOA, but adds some structure so that service producers and service consumers can be supported in their goals. Using this approach, it is possible to realize the architectural benefits of a RESTful architecture, but can still make sure that the published services follow a set of guidelines and constraints that the SOA is based on.

Keywords: ACM CCS→Software organization and properties→Software system structures; service oriented architecture; Web architecture; SOA; REST

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Erik Wilde

Erik Wilde studied Computer Science in Berlin, received his Ph.D. from ETH Zürich in Switzerland, and worked for 5 years at UC Berkeley's School of Information as Associate Professor. He joined EMC in 2011, where he now works as an architect. His main responsibility is to provide guidance and support for the transition from a product-oriented portfolio to a service-oriented one, where one of the main aspects is a firm commitment to REST as the architectural style.

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Accepted: 2014-04-04

Received: 2013-09-29

Published Online: 2014-05-31

Published in Print: 2014-06-28

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 56, Issue 3, Pages 98–105, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2013-1034.

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