SOA Version Control by Mark Nelson

This article is a part of a series on SOA Development and Delivery.

Let’s get started on our SOA Development and Delivery journey by talking about version control.  But before we delve right in, let’s take a moment to reflect on this axiom:

Axiom 1: Developing a SOA Composite Application is software development.

When we sit down to create a SOA Application, i.e. composites, user interfaces, services, etc., we are actually embarking on a software development exercise.  I think that some people do not believe (or at least they do not admit to themselves) that this is the case.  Why?  Well acknowledging that it is, in fact, software development implies a whole bunch of practices are necessary – like version control and testing for example.  And those are hard, right?

Well, they are certainly more work.  But its a bit like insurance – it is a cost you accept in the present to offset or prevent a much more significant potential cost/pain in the future.  In their quintessential book Continuous Delivery, Dave Farley and Jez Humble say: “In software, when something is painful, the way to reduce the pain is to do it more frequently, not less.”

Putting in the extra effort upfront will save you from a lot more pain and effort later on.  Using version control fits into this category.  It can be a bit painful, but it is definitely

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worth it in the end.  Consider this axiom:

Axiom 2: Developing software without version control is like mixing chemicals without reading the labels – sooner or later, it is going to blow up in your face.

Why is this true?  Consider the following questions – how would you answer these if you are not using version control? Read the full article here.


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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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