Key benefits of architecting loosely coupled SOA-based solutions

Service-oriented architectures (SOA) experience the most benefits when architects use loose coupling to build their solutions.

The goal of every SOA architect is to develop a highly componentized, largely de-coupled system that makes application lifecycle management (ALM) easier -- from the start of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC) right through to the end. But are loosely coupled SOA-based systems always the answer? And isn't it true that, in some cases, tightly coupled systems aren't such a bad thing?

In this interview with the author of the best-selling Manning publication SOA Patterns, Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz (@arnonrgo) explains the benefits of loose coupling, why loose coupling is important to service-oriented architectures and, most important, when tighter coupling might actually make sense when developing an application.

This was first published in April 2013

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