SOA Talk

November 3, 2010  6:10 PM

Software quality guru Watts Humphrey dies at 83

Kathleen Kriz Profile: Kathleen Kriz

Prominent software quality proponent Watts Humphrey died at his Sarasota Fla. home on Thursday. Humphrey, known for founding the Software Process Program at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and influencing the development of the Software Capability Model (CMM), was 83.

In 2003, Humphrey received the National Medal of Technology for his “vision for software engineering” and its impact on the US government and academic communities. Continued »

November 1, 2010  7:42 PM

You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

By Jack Vaughan

Last week we called for readers to complete this sentence fragment: “You can’t solve a problem … ” The results provided an interesting look at the mind set needed to succeed as software architects and application development team members.

It was a comment in an article by services and networking expert Tom Nolle that caused us to initiate this competition. In a Q&A, he said, “You can’t solve a problem you don’t have yet.” Continued »

October 27, 2010  6:29 PM

Pittsburgh hospital room gets the SmartRoom treatment

Kathleen Kriz Profile: Kathleen Kriz

By Kathleen Kriz and Jack Vaughan

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recently updated a medical care workflow system to help medical staff prioritize tasks to more effectively care for patients. This is part of an on-going effort to implement “SmartRoom” hospital workflow centered on in-room computer technology.

Created by UPMC and IBM, the SmartRoom systems have capabilities that make hospital stays easier for Continued »

October 26, 2010  12:23 AM

Apple deprecates Java support for Mac OS

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

By James Denman

Last week Apple disclosed that the company would deprecate Java support as of Mac OS X 10.6 update 3:

Java Deprecation
As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in future versions of Mac OS X.

The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.”

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October 25, 2010  6:38 PM

Do devices mean changes in the architecture of SOA?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan recently ran a three-part interview with Tom Nolle, an industry veteran who has of late directed much attention at next-generation network services architecture. Nolle told us the art of SOA has changed subtly over the years. The change is more vivid and less subtle of late as mobile devices take on a whole new role.

When SOA first came along, Nolle contends, in very large part is was to support the connection of Web-driven desktop worker processes with central IT processes. “You had a distinct frontend/backend distribution of the workflow,” he tells us.

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October 21, 2010  6:06 PM

Fsharp language: Be functional or be square

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Languages are more the province of our sister site, but once and a while, languages do come up. One we hadn’t heard of in a while is F#, which is part of the .NET platform. It came up in discussion of technology trends with Nick Hines of ThoughtWorks. [See ”NoSQL, Git and more on ThoughtWorks radar”.]

Nick Hines said a move is underway to functional languages. This is driven by issues with Moore’s Law, limits with the speed boosts tomorrow’s processors can attain and the move to multicore processors. Scala and Clojure are other languages that may help abstract-up some of the threading/parallelization issues found with multicores.

Let’s face it: The functional languages have a long way to go and may never catch up with Java. Still, the biggest new thing with Java EE, say some, is the JVM’s reaching out to support more languages.  Is it with tongue and cheek that ThoughtWorks if following the following language technology trend? That is: “Java language end of life”.

October 18, 2010  8:57 PM

Light-weight apps and the LightSwitch development kit

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Enterprise-scale applications – by that we mean big banger ”let’s-change-the-way-we-do-things-around-here” enterprise applications – are what we want to do, right? Of course. It is in human nature to want to make a strong impact. Continued »

October 14, 2010  9:34 PM

Oracle middleware moves take back seat to hardware efforts

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Driven by necessity, Oracle has become a more impressive middleware company in recent years. The middleware buildup is somewhat obscured for now by its hardware ambitions. Continued »

October 11, 2010  8:25 PM

Mobile apps and cloud computing may be the drivers for IT in coming years

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

IBM developerWorks’ latest survey shows that IT professionals expect mobile and cloud computing to be the two major forces in application development for the foreseeable future. According to the survey, 91% anticipate cloud computing will replace on-premise computing as the primary model for IT acquisitions and mobile and cloud computing are seen as the top two hottest career opportunities moving forward. Continued »

October 6, 2010  4:19 PM

SOA sensibility

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Opinion – The clatter and chatter of the daily slog will tend to obscure underlying trends that eventually become quite vivid. Let’s face it, one of SOA’s big drivers was the industry wide push to Webify applications. That has no sign of slowing down!

Other drivers are the seemingly unrelated practices of BPM and CEP. Plenty of development teams are using services as an overarching or underlying paradigm, to ensure they don’t create silos of BPM or silos of CEP. The need to support diverse systems and data types – CEP, BPM, NoSQL – in creates need for SOA sensibility. 

Still, SOA is not a product, and thus has lost some of its producty lustre.

For more, read Random thoughts: Web app development remains Job #1. How do you see SOA stacking up, going into 2011?

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