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SOA Design Patterns Historical Influences

Because service-orientation has deep roots in past distributed computing design platforms, many of the SOA design patterns have origins and influences that can be traced back to established design concepts, approaches, and previously published design pattern catalogs.

As illustrated in the following figure, object-orientation, EAI, enterprise application architecture, and software architecture in general represent areas for which well-recognized design pattern catalogs exist, each of which has influenced SOA design patterns.


Starting with the original pattern language created by Christopher Alexander, the SOA Design Pattern book explores these historical influences in more detail and further highlights specific patterns that act as the basis or inspiration of certain SOA design patterns.

Books that are highlighted as part of this exploration include:

  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (Gamma, Helm, Johnson, Vlissides; Addison-Wesley, 1995)
  • Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series (F. Buschmann, K. Henney, M. Kircher, R. Meunier, H. Rohnert, D. Schmidt, P. Sommerlad, M. Stal, Wiley 1996-2007)
  • Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture (Fowler, Addison-Wesley, 2003)
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns (Hohpe, Woolf, Addison-Wesley, 2004)

For more information about these and other patterns books, visit the Design Patterns Publications page.