1st Edition

Introduction to Middleware
Web Services, Object Components, and Cloud Computing





ISBN 9780367573591
Published June 30, 2020 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
688 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

"A stereotype of computer science textbooks is that they are dry, boring, and sometimes even intimidating. As a result, they turn students’ interests off from the subject matter instead of enticing them into it. This textbook is the opposite of such a stereotype. The author presents the subject matter in a refreshing story-telling style and aims to bring the Internet-generation of students closer to her stories." 



--Yingcai Xiao, The University of Akron



Introduction to Middleware: Web Services, Object Components, and Cloud Computing provides a comparison of different middleware technologies and the overarching middleware concepts they are based on. The various major paradigms of middleware are introduced and their pros and cons are discussed. This includes modern cloud interfaces, including the utility of Service Oriented Architectures. The text discusses pros and cons of RESTful vs. non-RESTful web services, and also compares these to older but still heavily used distributed object/component middleware. The text guides readers to select an appropriate middleware technology to use for any given task, and to learn new middleware technologies as they appear over time without being greatly overwhelmed by any new concept.



The book begins with an introduction to different distributed computing paradigms, and a review of the different kinds of architectures, architectural styles/patterns, and properties that various researchers have used in the past to examine distributed applications and determine the quality of distributed applications. Then it includes appropriate background material in networking and the web, security, and encoding necessary to understand detailed discussion in this area. The major middleware paradigms are compared, and a comparison methodology is developed. Readers will learn how to select a paradigm and technology for a particular task, after reading this text.



Detailed middleware technology review sections allow students or industry practitioners working to expand their knowledge to achieve practical skills based on real projects so as to become well-functional in that technology in industry. Major technologies examined include: RESTful web services (RESTful cloud interfaces such as OpenStack, AWS EC2 interface, CloudStack; AJAX, JAX-RS, ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Core), non-RESTful (SOAP and WSDL-based) web services (JAX-WS, Windows Communication Foundation), distributed objects/ components (Enterprise Java Beans, .NET Remoting, CORBA).





The book presents two projects that can be used to illustrate the practical use of middleware, and provides implementations of these projects over different technologies.





This versatile and class-tested textbook is suitable (depending on chapters selected) for undergraduate or first-year graduate courses on client server architectures, middleware, and cloud computing, web services, and web programming.

Table of Contents



Online Resources



Preface



Author





 



SECTION I The Different Paradigms



Chapter 1 Introduction



Chapter 2 Software Architectural Styles/Patterns for Middleware





 



SECTION II Enabling Technologies for Middleware



Chapter 3 Introduction to Internet Technologies



Chapter 4 Introduction to World Wide Web Technologies



Chapter 5 Security Basics



Chapter 6 Microsoft Technologies Basics



Chapter 7 Cloud Technologies Basics





 



SECTION III Middleware Using Distributed Object-Oriented Components



Chapter 8 Distributed Object-Oriented Components





 



SECTION IV Middleware Using Web Services



Chapter 9 Web Services Architectures



Chapter 10 Non-RESTful Web Services



Chapter 11 RESTful Web Services



Chapter 12 RESTful Web Services in .NET





 



SECTION V Middleware for the Cloud



Chapter 13 Introduction to the Cloud and Introduction to the OpenStack Cloud



Chapter 14 Introduction to Amazon Web Services and Introduction to the CloudStack Cloud





 



SECTION VI Message-Oriented Middleware



Chapter 15 Introduction to Message-Oriented Middleware





 



SECTION VII Comparison of Middlewares



Chapter 16 Introduction to Comparing Middlewares





 



Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Letha Hughes Etzkorn is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.