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University of Alberta

Service-Oriented Architecture

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Based on an understanding of architectural styles, you will review architectures for web applications, then explore the basics of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in two approaches: Web Services (WS*) and Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture. In the Capstone Project you will connect a Java-based Android application with Elasticsearch, a web service with a REST application programmer interface (API). After completing this course, you will be able to: • Describe SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) to structure web-based systems. • Explain WS* services (i.e., SOAP over HTTP, WSDL, UDDI, BPEL). • Apply REST architecture (i.e., JSON over HTTP, URI). • Identify REST design principles. • Create a system using REST interfaces. • Apply microservice architecture.


  • Web Technologies
    • In this module, we will introduce you to service-oriented architectures and their basic principles. Then, you will get a crash course on the technologies that underpin the Web, so that you are ready to learn about web services in the next module. This module also covers some earlier precursors of service-oriented architecture.
  • Web Services
    • WS*-style web services are a "first generation" group of specifications that work together to allow developers to develop and use web services. They are all based on XML. In this module you will learn some of the most important specifications of WS*-style web services: SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, and BPEL.
  • REST Architecture for SOA
    • RESTful web services are another style of web services based on lightweight HTTP methods. They have largely superseded WS*-style services because of their relative simplicity. In this module, you will learn about RESTful services and how to design them. You will also learn a bit about microservices, a software architecture for applications that is based on services.
  • Capstone Challenge
    • In the previous modules, you determined an Android application’s information needs when storing data remotely. Now, in the final module of the course, you will fully connect the application to a remote Elasticsearch server to allow users to share information across their devices. After completing this task, you will be ready to complete the final exam.

Taught by

Kenny Wong


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  • Elsa Popov
    I found this course quite hard. I followed the whole specialization, but chose not to do the capstone prosjects as I found them quite difficult. This course suits people with a reasonable technical background. I am a native English speaker but foun…
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    Octavio Galindo
    The curse is good but you must have some knowledge on OOP, UML and Java. These subjects are covered in other courses of the Software Design and Architecture Specialization, therefore taking this SOA course alone, is not easy unless. The best is to take the whole specialization and follow the recommended sequence.
    The topics are discussed and presented with good theoretical basis, which is an aspect other online courses fail on when focus on the tools.
    I strongly recommend this course as well as the whole specialization.

  • Anonymous
    Super fast speaking, you need to pause the video each 2 seconds that Lady must win a super fast speaking contest.

    Try it with subtitles and pausing the video each 2 seconds.

    Definetly not recommended if English is not your first language.

    This course do not fit with the idea of an International good MOOC. They try to cover a lot of content in 3 minutes with a fast speaking mood.

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