About the book
Middleware refers to the distributed software layer that bridges the gap and removes impediments between the heterogeneous hardware platforms and the backend applications requirements. It serves as an intermediate layer providing common services and programming abstractions, and hiding the low-level management of the connected hardware. With the recent advances in distributed systems and enabling technologies such as RFID, WSNs, IoT, IoE, Could Computing, context-aware pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, etc., middleware design and development has become a necessity taking an increasing importance. A dedicated middleware solution is required for managing and monitoring the different hardware devices, as well as processing dynamically generated high volumes of data, applying contextual rules before disseminating these data to the different connected backend applications, supporting rapid applications development, and also targeting the security, privacy and other issues both at the hardware and applications levels.
This book will provide a holistic view about the different design patterns and reference models used in middleware architectures in general, followed by a description of specific middleware architectures dedicated to the use of the different emerging technologies.
The aim of this book is to approach middleware systems from an architecture perspective and to cover the middleware design and implementation challenges related to each application field. This book therefore intends to provide a comprehensive body of knowledge for the benefit of middleware systems’ designers and developers in different application areas, and to bring together in one place important and up-to-date contributions in this fast moving research area.