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Can you explain what an adapter is? A bridge? What do they do?

Can you explain what an adapter is? A bridge? What do they do?

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An adapter is a layer of software which typically sits between a middleware system (e.g., a message broker), and a proprietary information system (CRM, ERP, etc.). Adapters are typically used for systems integration, to extract information from one proprietary system, convert that into a message format (for MQSeries, JMS, or SOAP), send that to another adapter, and into a second proprietary system.

Combining middleware and adapters leads to "bridge" which can be used for integrating disparate systems.

This was first published in June 2002

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