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ANN: New book: Semantic Management of Middleware

From: <dob@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 10:13:04 +0200
Message-ID: <20060510101304.nsi3sypd7r40c0cc@webmail.uni-karlsruhe.de>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org

Available at: www.amazon.com or www.springeronline.com
More info   : http://www.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/WBS/dob/book/

Current middleware solutions, such as application servers and Web 
services, are very complex software products that are hard to tame 
because of the intricacies of distributed systems. So far, their 
functionalities have mostly been developed and managed with the help of 
administration tools and
corresponding configuration files, recently in XML. Though this 
constitutes a very flexible way of developing and administrating a 
distributed application, the disadvantage is that the conceptual model 
underlying the different configurations is only implicit. Hence, its 
bits and pieces are difficult
to retrieve, survey, check for validity and maintain.

To remedy such problems, Semantic Management of Middleware contributes 
an ontology-based approach to
support the development and administration of middleware-based 
applications. The ontology is an explicit
conceptual model with formal logic-based semantics. Therefore, its 
descriptions may be queried, may foresight required actions, or may be 
checked to avoid inconsistent system configurations. Semantic 
Management of Middleware builds a rigorous approach towards giving the 
declarative descriptions of components and services a well-defined 
meaning by specifying ontological foundations and by showing
how such foundations may be realized in practical, up-and-running systems.

Semantic Management of Middleware is an excellent training companion 
for active practitioners seeking
to incorporate advanced and leading edge ontology-based approach and 
technologies. It is a necessary preparation manual for researchers in 
distributed computing who see semantics as an important enabler
for the next generation. This book is also suitable for graduate-level 
students in computer science.
Received on Wednesday, 10 May 2006 18:29:06 UTC

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