November 28, 2003

Messaging Patterns

As Keith Ballinger has mentioned previously, one of the great things about working at Microsoft is the visiting speakers that come to campus on a regular basis.

Last week we had Gregor Hohpe, author of the book "Enterprise Integration Patterns: Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions". Although I couldn't make the talk myself as I was out of town on business, all the presentation slides were made available internally, so I can at least get a flavour of what was discussed. Gregor also maintains a website for his book, which covers the same material too, and has recently started a weblog of sorts..

The idea that Gregor described of constructing software systems by assembling a set of proven messaging components is a very appealing idea to architects, programmers, and CIO's alike, although obviously for different reasons in each case.

Equally obviously, it will take some time for tools vendors to fully deliver on the complete potential of this idea, but I think at least the challenge has now been recognised in the industry - without good tools to help developers build increasingly complex software systems, the IT industry will never make the leap in productivity required to deliver on the next level of IT's true potential.

There are going to be many ways to build systems using integration or messaging patterns, but even from the limited view of Indigo that was visible at the PDC it is clear that there will be a close fit between the Indigo way of working and the integration patterns based on messages and channels described in Gregor's book.

Posted by Jorgen Thelin at November 28, 2003 04:12 PM - [PermaLink]
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