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Base One's Service Oriented Architecture

Base One uses a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), wherein application systems "are composed of independent, distributed and co-operating components called 'services'. These services can be distributed within or outside of the organizational physical boundaries and security domains. The various service components can exist on varying platforms and can be implemented using different programming languages." (Reference: IBM Grid Services Programming and Application Enablement, Red Book, 2004)

The Base One SOA is distinctive in that it is "database-centric", with communication between services modeled as adding, changing, deleting, and retrieving records in local and remote databases. These databases are not necessarily those directly used for production, but instead may exist solely for the purpose of staging valuable data in an isolated environment and communicating with outside systems. This model gives developers a higher efficiency, more secure option than using SOAP messaging and XML Web Services for every interaction between services. So, XML messages can be used only at the appropriate boundaries, while simultaneously making recovery from failures and high speed processing practical when there is a flood of data and persistence matters.

Base One's design relies on relational database technology (SQL), which is the proven, dominant standard for data storage and access. This is the unifying theme throughout Base One's software. The architecture builds on the unmatched strengths of commercial database technology to deliver efficient, reliable, and secure processing of large amounts of data for large numbers of users. Most developers familiar with building enterprise business applications find it straightforward to use Base One's database-oriented approach for large scale computing problems. To the best of our knowledge, there are no other database components that offer simpler solutions to the complex problems of building highly reliable, production systems.

BFC's Windows programming tools and middleware provide a unified, simple, consistent interface to Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Sybase, and MySQL databases, regardless of the platform (OS) on which the databases run. Operations for storing and retrieving data are expressed the same way whether programmed in .NET, COM, or MFC environments. The main Microsoft languages, Visual C++, C#, Visual Basic, VB.NET, ASP, and ASP.NET, are supported by the common database API (Application Programmer Interface). This API provides comprehensive error and exception handling, with meaningful messages, consistent treatment of unusual events, and automated recovery from failures. The resulting applications run on Windows web servers (IIS), Windows clients, and Windows servers.

Many of the solutions delivered through Base One software are for advanced distributed applications, so database-centric design is about a lot more than traditional database processing (i.e. information storage and retrieval using SQL). It's also about leveraging DBMS capabilities for transaction processing and secure data storage to construct distributed systems, including grid and cluster computing applications and high performance, interactive, Internet applications.

Base One's Service Oriented Architecture supports large, loosely coupled systems in which applications communicate with each other through standardized database interfaces (instead of using messages). Data Dictionaries allow programmatic and end-user discovery of record layouts, field validation rules, available indexes, and database logical structure. Each Data Dictionary acts as a metadata repository and includes support for advanced data types specifically optimized for databases (such as, Base One's patented Number Class and Attached Objects).

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