By Jack Vaughan
What were the problems with Grid computing? Basically, 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. Continued »
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 »
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.
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?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »