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Adventure Builder Reference Application

The system used as an example in this architecture document is an adapted version of the Adventure Builder Reference application, which was developed in the context of the Java BluePrints program at Sun Microsystems [Sun 2007]. This application was chosen because the functionality is easy to understand, and the source code, documentation, and other artifacts are publicly available for download. Also available is a book on Web services that explains the design and implementation of the application [Singh 2004]. We modified the architecture and made several assumptions about the business context and requirements of the system to make it a more interesting illustration of an SOA solution.


Adventure Builder is a fictitious company that sells adventure packages for vacationers over the Internet. The system performs four basic operations :

  1. The user can visit the Adventure Builder Web site and browse the catalog of travel packages, which include flights to specific destinations, lodging options, and activities that can be purchased in advance. Activities include mountain biking, fishing, surfing classes, hot air balloon tours, and scuba diving. The user can select transportation, accommodation, and various activities to build his/her own adventure trip.
  2. The user can place an order for a vacation package. To process this order, the system has to interact with several external entities. A bank will approve the customer payment, airline companies will provide the flights, lodging providers will book the hotel rooms, and businesses that provide vacation activities will schedule the activities selected by the customer.
  3. After an order is placed, the user can return to check the status of his/her order. This is necessary because some interactions with external entities are processed in the background and may take hours or days to complete.
  4. The internal system periodically interacts with its business partners (transportation, lodging, and activity providers) to update the catalog with the most recent offerings.

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