Architecture to ‘probe’ components of an end-to-end application

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By: Robert van Mölken and Tim Askamp

An end-to-end application usually consists of multiple components that are one-way or another decoupled. A component can be an ADF frontend, OSB proxy, SOA Suite Composite, Database package or JAXWS web service. For maintaining all the components of an end-to-end application the components need to be checked individually to know if everything is in working order. So if there is for example a performance issue with the application there is no simple task to checked which component in the chain is responsible for this.

For one of our clients we’ve developed a ‘Probe’ application. The reason was that maintenance needed a simple way to determine if the SOA and Database environment: was running, configured as required and the basics where functioning. So basically we needed to mimic service operations that use the following components: OSB, SOA Suite, JAX-WS and ADF Business Components. Executing this functionality should lead to a traceable path of the used components. In this blog we will explain the solution we developed.

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