Middleware is software that connects applications together. The term “middleware” comes from the fact that this software sits between the front-end, or client-side, of an application and the back-end, or server-side, where the resources are being requested.
Types of Middleware
Data, APIs, software tools, and other applications are connected by middleware in order to bring a complete or bundled application to the end user. There are many types of middleware software depending on the use cases. Some of the most commonly used middleware are listed below.
Message Oriented Middleware
A message oriented middleware, or MOM, allows applications to exchange messages and communicate with one another. This middleware offers ease of use but can be costly at larger scales.
This type of middleware gives access to databases and provides points of interaction between a variety of databases. This middleware improves efficiency however it can be language specific which can create limitations.
This type of middleware provides developers with the tools to create and manage APIs used in applications. While it offers scalability, connections can be slow when dealing with different servers.