Java innovator James Gosling, who left the employ of new Java steward Oracle shortly after its merger with Sun last year, has gone to work for Google, the first company Oracle sued for Java patent infringement.
In a blog entry, Gosling wrote:
Through some odd twists in the road over the past year, and a tardis encountered along the way, I find myself starting employment at Google today.
One of the toughest things about life is making choices. I had a hard time saying “no” to a bunch of other excellent possibilities.
In closing, Gosling admitted he was something of, er, a grump.
I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon.
SOA is still going strong. Businesses that already use SOA are expanding their SOA initiatives and new businesses are starting to adopt SOA and to implement SOA technologies. The first-time SOA infrastructure purchase is shifting from ESBs to other technologies. Continued »
The fruits of recent Java community efforts were on display at TheServerSide Java Symposium last week in Las Vegas. There for view were the efforts of people who are maneuvering Java into the next computing era. TSS JS proved that new languages are moving on to the JVM, SOA middleware is moving forward, and the much awaited new JDK is again making progress. Continued »
Governance is one of the essential elements of SOA. It is also one of those aspects of SOA that is likely to come to the fore in cloud computing. Service dependencies that are inherent in composite applications are hard enough to track as it is. There is every reason to believe these dependencies will be just as imprtant to understand and track as appliation move to the cloud architecture, whether that is a public cloud, a private cloud or a hybrid. Continued »
Experienced SOA services developers are in a good position to make the leap to cloud computing services, but they may need new modeling tools and methods along the way. You can count modeling notations for cloud among such tools. Continued »
IBM unleashed Watson, a computer designed with the singular purpose of playing, and winning, the TV quiz show Jeopardy. In his first public attempt, Watson went up against the two top Jeopardy players in Jeopardy history. He literally murdered his human competition. Well, no, not literally. Although he did sound at least a little bit like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Continued »
XML tool maker Altova has updated its MissionKit integrated suite of XML, database and UML tools to include data streaming output for data transformation projects, code generation direct from state machine diagrams, and newly supported report chart types.
As RESTful non-XML applications have gained attention, continued uptake of XML has been somewhat overshadowed. But David McGahey, Product Marketing Manager at Altova, can attest to its growing use, as various industries and compliance efforts center on XML as a data interchange format.
“XML is becoming more and more pervasive. It is the predominant language for exchanging data,” said McGahey. Continued »
Caching specialist Terracotta Inc. recently released search features that allow the Ehcache Java in-memory data base to support analytical views of data that may have heretofore required a return visit to a relational database architecture.
“Now you have native search capability added to Ehcache,” said Mike Allen, head of product management at Terracotta. Like others, he sees a general rush to use caching more widely. He asserts that relational data bases do not have the same inherent scalability as in-memory caches when it comes to the rapidly growing data volumes of today. But, he admits, Ehcache has not been readily open to search tools capable of real-time data analysis. Continued »
Forrester Research’s Mike Gualtieri has been discussing his take on the state of Java of late, as we noted in the previous edition of our “This Week on SearchSOA.com” newsletter. Since then we have published a further Q&A with Gualtieri on the topic, in which he asserts that Java is not a productive method of Web or application development and that it limits what developers and the enterprises they work for are capable of achieving.
Business needs more rapid development, Gualtieri contends. “IT needs to build stuff faster. They also need to change existing applications faster,” he said, adding that Java is also lacking in the tool sets to build better user experiences. SearchSOA.com readers have responded to Gualtieri charges.
N.M., a team leader and one-time AS/400 programmer, recognizes the same gap Gualtieri sees between promises made by technologies like Java for time to market and ease of use versus actual reality. Continued »