This year the IT industry proved SOA is not “dead,” as Ann Thomas Manes had alleged. A manifesto codified key implementation principals and the pundits started talking about SOA as the true way to approach cloud computing. And it became clear to many that the marriage of BPMN and BPEL is indeed suffering some growing pains.
Here are the rest of this year’s top 10 blog posts:
Taking the long view of SOA and cloud computing
The major problems with grid computing were that it was too complicated and of too narrow use. But, let’s be frank and earnest, its biggest problem was that the term ‘Grid’ was too rigid and inflexible. That problem of Grid computing has been easily solved. Its name was changed to ‘cloud computing,’ a light and airy term with flexible connotation. Of course, I am kidding; cloud will not solve all the problems of Grid just by the change of a name. The same was the case when object technology met SOA.
BPMN with BPEL, an ongoing debate
While many developers still debate which tools are optimal for modeling business processes, Bruce Silver made some strong points on why Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) does not make modeling with Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) simpler. He had seen a recent blog post by Active Endpoints CTO Michael Rowley claiming that BPMN2.0 with BPEL is simpler than the new BPMN execution language and wanted to set the record straight.
Tools add Web services to existing Java EE applications
“The big technical challenge with using Web services for integration today typically is that you have a number of applications that don’t support Web services,” says Mark Hansen, head of start-up Proxisoft, formerly known as AgileIT. Hansen created software that, once installed in a Java EE environment, allows you to point and click on classes and methods to create Web services.
Facebook APIs add Activity Streaming
RSS and Atom are among the most useful elements to emerge from the XML and Web services revolution that occurred over the last 10 years. RSS seemed a small part of XML initially, but has since become incredibly ubiquitous. Now, the world of syndication may be poised for another leap forward. A lot of the recent syndication activity has been Twitter-like – not exactly mission critical or enterprise-oriented.
New SOA Manifesto walks the middle road
A group of SOA experts released a SOA Manifesto on Oct. 23, which sets out in 106 words the principles they feel are most important to the popular integration strategy. While some may think of SOA as something like Enterprise Architecture, and others, agile development, the SOA manifesto walks a middle road. Several industry thought-leaders have signed the document, including Grady Booch, Toufic Boubez, Thomas Erl and – Ms. “SOA is dead” herself – Anne Thomas Manes.
Even through the tough economy, SOA continued to evolve this year, bolstered by interest in cloud computing. As frameworks and specifications like OSGi and Java EE 6 pushed for more componentized enterprise applications, the Java world itself shook when Oracle announced its intent to buy Sun Microsystems.
Here are some of the more popular blog posts of the year:
As Oracle swallows Sun, MySQL, NetBeans and Glassfish not in danger
Since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in April, much speculation has surfaced about the enterprise software giant’s commitment to MySQL, NetBeans and Glassfish. At Oracle Open World in October, CEO Larry Ellison tried to quell concerns on both fronts, claiming each was critical to Oracle’s future.
What’s the future of XML?
The idea that it had data-centric, document-centric and program-centric uses was disarming. It was clear it was not a natural developer favorite, of course. It provided the impetus for Web services, SOA, RSS, bioinformatics and much more. But, like Pick or Fortran or other once-popular languages, it is conceivable that XML’s use will at some point decline.
Microsoft shares tips on Azure cloud development
Microsoft’s best and brightest design gurus dedicated nearly a whole day of discussion on Azure architecture at the company’s Patterns & Practices (P&P) 2009 Summit. In a P&P session about designing for Azure, Microsoft Technical Strategist Steve Marx had a number of tips for developers. One of the biggest initial decisions Azure users will have to make is how to handle storage.
MS Doloto tool said to speed large-scale Ajax applications
According to Microsoft’s Soma Somasegar, the company released Doloto, a tool that analyzes Ajax application workloads and automatically performs code splitting of existing large web applications. The tool comes out of Microsoft’s research labs.
Going Skyway: Using Eclipse, modeling and Spring MVC
Surprisingly, perhaps, modeling has been somewhat downplayed among application development teams pursuing JEE apps – that is probably even more true in Spring-style development. But modeling can be a means to help achieve well-formed, reusable services. Some call that ”SOA.”
Through the ongoing beta period of VS 2010 and .NET Framework 4, Microsoft has found some performance issues, particularly around virtual memory usage, writes S. Somasegar, SVP of Microsoft’s developer division.
While Microsoft continues to work to improve performance, Somasegar said a release candidate with a “go live” license will be available some time around February 2010. With this release as a new beta checkpoint, the release data will be pushed back a few weeks, he wrote.
The Mono Project, this week released Moonlight 2, an open-source Linux implementation of Silverlight. Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash, Silverlight is a framework for building rich applications both on and off the Web. The Mono Project is sponsored by Novell, a Waltham, Mass.-based software and services company. Continued »
IBM announced yesterday a definitive agreement to buy Austin-based BPM specialist, Lombardi Software, which will further flesh out the company’s BPM offerings. The specific financial agreement is not being disclosed as of yet.
During a press conference Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware, said Lombardi’s BPM approach would be a good complement to IBM’s current offerings. He said Lombardi’s products have a more people-centric feel that IBM was looking for.
“While today’s software industry requires much more collaboration and cooperation amongst vendors then ever before,” said independent analyst, Sandy Rogers. “It will be interesting to see the impact on previous partnerships that Lombardi has forged with other SOA players, such as with Progress Software.”
Michael “Monty” Widenius, co-founder of MySQL, wrote a blog post this past Saturday asking the MySQL community to take a stand on the Oracle-Sun Microsystems acquisition. The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing the deal on concerns that Oracle owning MySQL, which Sun currently owns, would be harmful to the community built around the popular open-source database.
Widenius said Oracle has too much to gain by keeping MySQL weak and that the company has not made strong enough promises that it would protect its openness. He fears the company might start developing costly add-on features, or slow down the development cycle of MySQL to let it fall behind Oracle.
But while Widenius has not been reassured by Oracle’s statements that it will protect MySQL, many users of TheServerSide doubt his motives.
Even as the European Commission was holding a hearing on concerns from the Oracle-Sun acquisition on Thursday, Sun Microsystems released three much-awaited items: Java EE6, NetBeans IDE 6.8 and GlassFish Enterprsie Server v3. This SOA-friendly hat trick will no doubt come as a comfort to some who worried Sun might slow its engines during the complicated acquisition. Continued »
Alongside the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2009 in Las Vegas this week, SOA security vendor, Forum Systems released a new identity broker hardware appliance, Forum STS.
With an increasing number of enterprises expressing interest in moving SOA into cloud computing environments, security has been and continues to be at the forefront of concerns. Offerings like this one provide a way to manage identities in a more federated environment where business unites and external trading partners become a part of the architecture. Continued »
At Gartner’s 22nd Annual Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit this week, Layer 7 released a new service governance tool, the Enterprise Service Manager (ESM). Traditionally a company focused on SOA security, Layer 7′s new offering allows teams of developers to manage web service policies across a variety of environments from a central location. Continued »
The Computer Measurement Group’s 35th annual CMG Conference is underway and cloud computing is front and center.
In his CMG’09 talk, “A Mainframe Guy Discovers SOA and Cloud Computing,” IBM Manager of IT Training Glenn Anderson looks at the next leap for mainframes now that SOA has become a reality. Anderson has been an IBM mainframe guy all his career. He said SOA with cloud computing is one of the biggest evolutions since the client-server model hit the scene. Continued »