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Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner

Building Extensible Composite Applications with SAP

My whereabouts

Those who closey follow my blog may have been wondering about my lack of blogging in the last couple of months and the reasons behind it. Well, truth is… the fact that I haven’t been as active as in the past in this regard does not mean that I have abandoned this aspect of my job – the OPPOSITE. In fact, I put it to a whole new level… I’ve been writing a book.

Writing a book

Building Extensible Composite Applications with SAP - Book Cover

It all started around two years ago with my first few articles and blogs about the topic of extensibility in Java applications being published on SDN, which were well perceived by the community. Shortly after I found myself confronted with the idea about writing an entire book about the topic, which I just couldn’t resist. So I jumped on the challenge…

I have always enjoyed blogging, discussing technical topics with my peers and sharing my thoughts and views here on SDN. Yet, writing an entire book takes it to the next level for sure.  While I spent more than one late-night session seeing the project’s steady progress kept me motivated. The excitement of getting the chance to write an entire book – especially for such a reknown publisher as SAP Press – kept me going for the last couple of months.

The positive feedback I received from my colleagues who reviewed the individual topics rest-assured me that I was on track with my vision of writing a book that offers a unique selling point. Not only does the book cover various extensibility techniques in great detail, but I also managed to incorporate my knowlegde gathered in over 5 years of Composite development projects. As such the book provides insight on best-practices and proven design patterns that help to build flexible Java applications. Despite the title I did not solely focus on extensibility techniques exclusivly, but also point out other topics and concepts typically encountered during Java development projects based on SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment. 

Feedback welcome

Enough of the advertizing now… in fact, the main motivation for today’s blog has been to setup a place for discussions about the book. I explicitly want to encourage all my readers to post their feedback and questions here. The more, the merrier! 🙂

PS: Oh, I almost forgot… now, with the book getting into print these days  I hope to get back to my routine of blogging on a monthly basis. The potential topics have been pilling up on my desk over the last couple of months and I sure got some very interesting articles up my sleeve… stay tuned!

Extensibility Sessions at TechEd’09

As personally I will not be able to attend TechEd this year due to other assignments I’d like to take the opportunity to refer you to some of the sessions presented/hosted by my colleagues that cover the topic:

  • BPM300 – Architecture Guidelines (Oliver Mayer, Volker Stiehl)
  • CD267  – Java Extension Configuration Framework in SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment(Raphael Vogel)
  • BPM360 – Composite Application Development: the Business Objects and Services Layer (Katrin von Ahsen, Stefan Henke and Volker Stiehl

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      Author's profile photo Thorsten Franz
      Thorsten Franz
      This is just what I've been waiting for. I'll order my copy first thing tomorrow morning.
      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner
      Blog Post Author
      Wow, that was quick! Of course I'm very glad to hear that. Based on what what I heard about your planned project I am confident that the book should definately empower you to achieve your goals.

      There's a fair chance that the book will be available at TechEd in Vienna. I'd assume that you will be there, so this may be the fastest way to get it... 😉

      (Unfortunately I will not be able to attend TechEd this year, however I know for a fact that the topic "Extensibility" will be covered by several sessions. I'll soon update this blog with some further infos...)

      Author's profile photo Timo Renner
      Timo Renner
      Although I just had a short look inside the book (I worked with Matthias on a project where he used the approach, therefore I already know the main subject :-)), it's just a great book that gives you a nice inside view of building composites - especially ones that not only survive 6 months.
      A must for everybody who wants to create sustainable composites in the SAP world (and perhaps also beyond).


      Author's profile photo Vinay Habbanakuppe Surendranath
      Vinay Habbanakuppe Surendranath
      Hi Matthias,

      Great book. Your style of writing, selection and organization of topics in book made it really interesting to read on. Your emphasis on other related topics and development best practices add more value to the book. The framework introduced in your book and associated source samples serve as instant proof-of-concept and helps convince the developer about the ease and feasibility of its implementation (great idea!).

      I enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend it as a must read for product development and very useful for custom development of application in Java.

      Vinay H S