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Vertically Integrated Architectures

Versioned Data Models, Implicit Services, and Persistence-Aware Programming


  • Presents the first comprehensive analysis of the urgent need for Vertically Integrated Architectures (VIA) and offers numerous unique insights and out-of-the-box proposals to make VIA a reality in the real world

  • Explains how and why the separation between layers and tiers in service-oriented architectures holds software developers back from being truly productive and how VIA can remedy that problem

  • Makes bold but substantiated statements; understand, for example, why service-oriented architectures (SOA) are holding developers back from improving productivity and quality.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jos Jong
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jos Jong
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  4. Jos Jong
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  5. Jos Jong
    Pages 49-65
  6. Jos Jong
    Pages 67-86
  7. Jos Jong
    Pages 87-112
  8. Jos Jong
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  9. Jos Jong
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  10. Jos Jong
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  11. Jos Jong
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 239-244

About this book


Understand how and why the separation between layers and tiers in service-oriented architectures holds software developers back from being truly productive, and how you can remedy that problem. This book touches on fundamental academic questions and solutions in a practical and substantiated way.

Strong processes and development tools can help developers write more complex software, but large amounts of code can still be directly deduced from the underlying database model, hampering developer productivity. In a world with a shortage of developers, this is bad news. More code also increases maintenance costs and the risk of bugs, meaning less time is spent improving the quality of systems. 

You will learn that by making relationships first-class citizens within an item/relationship model, you can develop an extremely compact query language, inspired by natural language. You will also learn how this model can serve as both a database schema and an object model upon which to build business logic. Implicit services free you from writing code for standard read/write operations, while still supporting fine-grained authorization. 

Vertically Integrated Architectures explains how functional schema mappings can solve database migrations and service versioning at the same time, and how all this can support any client, from free-format to fully vertically integrated types. Unleash the potential and use VIA to drastically increase developer productivity and quality.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.AMSTELVEENThe Netherlands

About the authors

Jos Jong is a self-employed independent senior software engineer and software architect. He has been developing software for more than 35 years, in both technical and enterprise environments. His knowledge ranges from mainframes, C++, and Smalltalk to Python, Java, and Objective-C. He has worked with numerous different platforms and kept studying to learn about other programming languages and programming concepts. In addition to developing many generic components, some code generators and advanced data synchronization solutions, he has prototyped several innovative database and programming language concepts. He is an abstract thinker, who loves to study the fundamentals of software engineering, and is always eager to reflect on new trends. You can connect with him on Twitter @jos_jong_nl.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Vertically Integrated Architectures
  • Book Subtitle Versioned Data Models, Implicit Services, and Persistence-Aware Programming
  • Authors Jos Jong
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Jos Jong 2019
  • Publisher Name Apress, Berkeley, CA
  • eBook Packages Professional and Applied Computing Professional and Applied Computing (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4842-4251-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4842-4252-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 244
  • Number of Illustrations 21 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Open Source
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