SOA Talk

March 28, 2011  3:41 PM

Forrester analysts: SOA still strong

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman


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 »

March 21, 2011  11:05 PM

Eclipse organization’s browser-based Orion tool gets on-line hub

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

UPDATED – A JavaScript editor known as Orion uses the browser as the basis for building tools for web developers. While it is an Eclipse Foundation effort, it is said to represent a fully new code base. Now it is available via an online hub. IBM engineers have forged the first bits of Orion. Continued »

March 21, 2011  9:41 PM

Highlights from TheServerSide Java Symposium

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

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 »

March 14, 2011  4:49 PM

SOA governance, cloud computing and trust

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

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 »

March 8, 2011  7:46 PM

Cloud Computing Modeling Notation (CCMN) for SOMF targets cloud services

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

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 »

March 3, 2011  6:16 PM

Jeopardy proved elementary for dear Watson — developing Watson, not so much

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

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 »

March 1, 2011  3:48 PM

Altova provides XML transforms, charts, code generation

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

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 »

February 23, 2011  3:37 AM

Ehcache Java in-memory store gains advanced analytic traits

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

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 »

February 22, 2011  8:44 PM

Reader mail box – State of Java in flux

Ryan Cloutier Profile: Ryan Cloutier

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” 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. 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 »

February 16, 2011  10:46 PM

A few key points on capability-based planning

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

At The Open Group Conference in San Diego last week, Jason Uppal, enterprise architect and project portfolio management expert, presented some practical advice on capability planning with TOGAF and an outline he said could help enterprise architects achieve measurable results in thirty to ninety days.

According to Uppal, there are four key points to realize in order to successfully integrate capability-based planning with your enterprise architecture. Continued »

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