SOA Talk


June 18, 2009  8:53 PM

APM suite from Oracle updated with Composite Application Monitor and Modeler

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

As production distributed systems gain in variety and size, application developers are often drawn out of their development cubical to sort through the trail of a failed complex transaction. This is popular with no one. Oracle is seeking to address this and related issues, with the newest version of its Oracle Enterprise Manager for Application Performance Management (APM). Continued »

June 18, 2009  8:46 PM

OMG call for input on UML roadmap

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

More than a few people feel UML took a turn with its 2.0 version that helped improve the lot of embedded systems vendors and their customers, but did not improve the lot of rank and file developers. All that was some time ago. Now UML steward OMG is calling for comment on future directions for UML. The OMG is inviting individuals to respond to a Request for Information ahead of a workshop dedicated to issues of future development of UML. What do you think? How should UML evolve.


June 18, 2009  6:59 PM

Much watched: The hardware side of the Oracle-Sun deal

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

It is much watched as Sun is absorbed into Oracle. We refer to the hardware side of the story. Will Larry Ellison follow through on his stated intention to hold on to Sun’s hardware business? Some viewers suggest his original interest was solely in Sun’s software. Recent news that Sun is jettisoning its advanced Rock processor program, presumably at Oracle’s bidding,  does not indicate an aversion to hardware on Oracle’s part – but it does not betoken a forward looking hardware program either. There are a couple of ways one can look at this. For a good view, read writer Ed Scannell’s How will Oracle do when the chips are down?


June 16, 2009  10:11 PM

Garnter’s Blechar on BPM, MDM and SOA

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

There has been much talk about coordinating BPM and SOA. Now, add MDM to the mix. In a blog entry, Gartner’s Michael Blechar discusses a new report on the role Master Data Management plays in creating reusable, sharable data services. Continued »


June 14, 2009  5:39 PM

UML to make way for AML?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Will UML make way for AML? Neal Ford sings the song of the Arbitrary Modeling Language (AML) in a post that cleverly recounts UML’s well-known shortcomings. We’d bet you could more than one of the original UML Three Amigos to give it a heavy crit too.. Continued »


June 11, 2009  6:36 PM

JMS message system at heart of Portland Fish Exchange update

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Business process management can get gory! At least that is the case when a fish exchange looks to automate parts of its supply chain processes. Recently, the Portland Fish Exchange in Maine built an online fresh seafood auction system based on Progress technology. Progress Application Partner DC Systems helped implement a bar-code-based approach. Continued »


June 8, 2009  7:41 PM

IBM Sabbah’s say on REST for collaborative ALM

Jack Vaughan Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Let’s face it, services in general, and RESTful services in particular often can incur a performance penalty. Sometimes the benefits of the REST approach outweigh the drawbacks. But it is something to study. That is just one of many reasons why the architects charged with overseeing use of services have to be especially well-trained and experienced. Vendors in the rush to the market sometimes gloss over the details. We got a bit of a look behind the use of REST in an important IBM Rational program that represents a re-architecting of its Jazz Application Life-Cycle (ALM) software suited. Continued »


June 3, 2009  4:19 PM

RedHat JBoss middleware group moves to improve Spring, GWT support

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The varieties of Java frameworks and component architectures have expanded greatly since the days when the JBoss application server arose as an open-source alternative to commercial J2EE engines. Now the major JBoss steward is responding. Continued »


June 1, 2009  12:30 PM

Enterprise mashups poised to power app dev for masses?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The PC revolution was not IT’s doing. Adventurous end-users brought the damn things into the company, impressed most everyone, and IT finally got with the program. Back in the day, with PC tools, mere mortals (end users) could learn programming too. They only did it because they got tired of waiting in an endless line to get a new application. Are we entering such an era yet again as enterprise mashups grow? Continued »


May 26, 2009  7:23 PM

Transaction processing in the 21st Century

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Eric Newcomer has just finished co-authoring the second edition of his book on transaction processing. On his blog, he discusses same lessons learned. The first edition was published in 1997, so much, but not everything has changed. Read ”What we Learned Writing the Second Edition of the TP Book.”

He sees a dichotomy in this field..

Fascinating to me are the different assumptions people make in the different worlds between the REST/HTTP “scale out” designs and the mainframe-derived “scale up” designs. This is likely to remain an area of continual evolution.

Oddly, or ironically, SearchSOA.com just ran a piece rolling up some various transaction monitoring events. Read ”End-to-end testing for SOA and enterprise transactions, or Show me the transactions.”


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