I'm nearly finished with reading your book and I am hoping to run some of the examples soon.
I am very curious to hear your answer the following question: In what ways does Service Oriented Java Business Integration offer the reader something more than what is readily available from the JBI Spec and ServiceMix Tutorials?
Also, are there any other books or resources you would recommend to someone that wants to learn more about SOA and JBI after reading your book?
Hope you will have some good time with the samples.
I started using JBI products 2-2.5 years back, and at that time the ESB/JBI market was not that common. Due to multiple reasons we decided to use Open Source tools and ServiceMix especially as our integration framework. The key point here is, I was not working alone, but we were a team, people having different experience and expert level. It was true that we were having JBI spec and also ServiceMix tutorial at that time, but one frequent complaint I received from my team as well as from many others online is that, they are not able to build their solutions just using the spec and tutorial alone, since the documentations were either incomplete or the samples already provided were only code snippets in many cases.
Moreover, All people are not like Few others, and many have expressed their eagerness for someone to handhold them. Their major concerns are in the following lines:
Lot many whitepapers on ESB, but no code available
Cannot understand ESB - how is it different from other Integration Architectures?
Is there a difference between a Message Bus & a Service Bus?
Can I run an ESB sample without a heavy app server and an equally heavy IDE?
Is ESB just a hype? Does it got any real substance?
I understand you are going to try out the samples too - I beleive, you will gain lot many hours in your busy schedules too, which you would have been otherwise spending in R&D with code - since Myself and my team has already done a part of this R&D and now available in this format (code which you can run using simple ant scripts).
any other books or resources you would recommend to someone that wants to learn more about SOA and JBI
I assume, you are talking SOA and JBI in the context of integration (SOI) - If so I doubt whether I can point you to any other book available as of today in JBI. But at least, you may want to go through the following titles for good integration literature:
When we were evaluating ServiceMix way back in late 2006 we found it difficult to run our sample application because of lack of good documentation. It is nice to know that the book would help in running examples in ServiceMix. Only if we had this book in 2006.