Publishing books related to Oracle SOA technology contains a broad spectrum of products, tools and technologies. Packt Publishing is trying to fill this spectrum with al kinds of books. But buying all these books is expensive, even if you buy only the e-book version.
One of the books the published is a Best-Of book. It takes the best chapters from the following books.
- BPEL cookbook
- SOA Approach to Integration
- Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint
- Building SOA-Based Composite Applications Using NetBeans IDE 6
- Oracle SOA Suite Developer's Guide
- WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with Oracle SOA Suite 11g
- Oracle Modernization Solutions
- SOA Governance
You can view the book here.
So what do I think of the book? I think it is a good starter. It gives you an overview of the complete SOA spectrum.
What I like in this book is the theory on the concepts of SOA. A big part of the book is all about the concepts, patterns and models that can be used for various SOA Technologies (BPEL / Service Bus / Governance). The theory is supported with best practices on the implementation (best-practise).
While this book is not full end-2-end walk in the park on SOA technology, it explains in detail the concepts on SOA. Only if you want to deep-dive into a part of the SOA technology, you should read that particular book.
One other thing I miss in this book, is the Oracle Service Bus. Pack published this year a book on this; Oracle Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook
My tips for Packt; Give this (e)book for free when you buy one of these other books. Based on this book, you will probably buy another one.