SOA Talk


January 5, 2009  3:58 PM

Web services to turn on televisions



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
Ajax, XML

Word out of this year’s Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas is that Yahoo will be making a Widget Development Kit (WDK) available to developers on a limited basis. The kit helps developers create JavaScript- and XML-based applications that run on top of normal television pictures and are navigable via TV remote control. Yahoo made the announcement together with Samsung Electronics. The plan is to create a new Internet-based service to Samsung televisions starting in the spring of 2009.

Related “TV Web services” info
Yahoo Connected TV – Yahoo

December 29, 2008  4:53 PM

Microformats for fast REST APIs?



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
Microsoft, REST

Microformats have been described as a set open data format standards for structured blogging and web content publishing. They have been tried out, for example, in the realm of XHTML. One tenet of the microformat movement has been to try to work with existing architectures and patterns, sometimes described as ‘paving the cow paths’. Continued »


December 22, 2008  12:26 PM

How Green was my SOA?



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
Modeling

As part of a large company-wide drive, IBM even promotes SOA as a play in the area of Green (energy-saving) computing. The company just released a so-called SOA Sandbox project online trial that provides instructions for building an app that provides energy usage information to end-users. Various IBM modeling tools can be used in such initiatives. We recently discussed other issues of enterprise architecture, and how it can serve in varying SOA capacities. It’s a little ditty with charming title, ”On establishing the link between the business and SOA with modeling.”


December 18, 2008  2:04 PM

SoaML targets top-down, bottom up or meet-in-the-middle modeling



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
Modeling, UML

Signs are beginning to appear pointing the way to SoaML, an OMG-backed specification meant to bring a new type of modeling capability to the service-oriented world.

SoaML’s goal is to provide SOA modeling of services within UML, without making changes to UML. As part of that, the spec seeks to support services architectures where different parties use multiple services and where services can be defined to contain other services. Mappings to business process specs are also in store, notably BPDM and BPMN.

Anyone concerned about an over-bearing top-down modeling regimen in SoaML can take heart in its claimed adherence to either top-down, bottom up or meet-in-the-middle modeling.

The SoaML has been percolating for awhile, with more details due in 2009. Just recently, a wiki of sorts has been formed for all things SoaML. A complete working doc is available as a PDF from OMG. And for the over-the-top would-be SoaML enthusiast there is a background feature on the making of the SoaML logo on the Yaya-Colour blog.


December 16, 2008  3:53 PM

Bruce Silver on BPMN



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
Enterprise architecture

We have heard the story of aligning IT and development before, haven’t we? That the story is told over and over does not make it a bad story per se. Some stories bear retelling. If the details change over time, that is helpful.

I mention this while perusing one of the more useful BPM-related blogs. That is Bruce Silver’s BPMS Watch. There have been significant changes in BPM in recent years, and a new notations for workflow description are among them. Silver’s site, and his accompanying columns for the BPMInstitute.org cover this and other ground quite well.

Recently Silver wrote about BPMN as ‘the first serious attempt to provide a common visual language for process description shared by business and IT.’ Well, I don’t know. Journalists very seldom call something the ‘first’ of anything. It is a sure way to get mail from an irate someone who built something before someone else. But irate mail’s a good thing, especially on the blogosphere, so I will let this stand, although I’d have to add that I did hear UML described this way more than once upon a time.

Related BPMN info
Bruce Silver blog – www.brsilver.com
Bruce Silver on BPMN – www.brsilver.com


December 9, 2008  11:41 AM

Interoperability remains SOA bugaboo



Posted by: Heather Clancy
SOA development, SOA standards

Despite years of work on Web services standards, interoperability remains a bugaboo. Continued »


December 5, 2008  9:32 AM

Fowler on Registries: Something wiki this way comes



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
SOA registry/repository, UDDI

Object expert, refactoring maven and all around software process guru Martin Fowler took a look at the notion of registries recently, particularly the notion of automated registry service look up. Martin Fowler is an eminent technologist – and like the old broker E.F. Hutton, when Martin Fowlder talks, people listen. Continued »


December 3, 2008  4:43 PM

Legacy lost in Web 2.0 hype, survey finds



Posted by: Heather Clancy
legacy modernization, Web 2.0

Core business applications are important to companies. But IT hiring priorities are skewed toward Web 2.0 developers, potentially leaving modernization of mission-critical applications in jeopardy, a survey released this week reveals. This is a “ticking time bomb” for IT, the survey sponsor argues. Continued »


November 28, 2008  2:12 PM

WSDL styles, mock objects, and SOAP UI



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
Software testing, WSDL

WSDL has been around long enough to take root in the form of different styles. That can play some havoc with generic testing. A recent conversation with Frank Cohen, founder of Push to Test, indicates that tools have taken notice of the WSDL ”dialects.” Continued »


November 24, 2008  7:20 PM

Compute cloud services cross chasm, analyst says



Posted by: Heather Clancy
cloud computing, Cloud Services, IBM, SaaS, Security

IT cloud services are “crossing the chasm,” argues Frank Gens of IDC. But what do enterprises want and expect from the new paradigm in software delivery? Continued »


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