SOA Talk

September 15, 2008  2:46 PM

MapReduce-driven DB alternatives sited

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

People who cover technology long enough tend to see new things in the light of past new things. If you look at MapReduce, a parallel data architecture devised by Google, it does seem like something of a threat to the unbridled growth of the RDBMS. Continued »

September 12, 2008  4:02 PM

Oslo – What it is

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Someday, maybe too not soon, Oslo will cease to be whatever someone wants it to be. In other words, Microsoft will disclose enough about the Oslo marchitecture for a consensus of people to decide what it is. Fortunately, Don Box is blogging a bit and we’ll get a bit more inkling. Continued »

September 11, 2008  2:53 PM

XTP limits?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Extreme transaction processing (XTP) has limits that have nothing to do with its 500+ transactions per second performance.

The limits are in its applicability in applications, which may benefit from grid technology, but may not require extreme processing, says Mike Piech, senior director of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

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September 5, 2008  2:10 PM

When SOA met WOA, or Building applications that work while buzz pesters you

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

SOA has had a bit of a rough summer. The Best and Brightest of the SOA bloggers have publicly ruminated long and lamentably on SOA’s future. There has been a bit of SOA fatigue in evidence. Could it be because many SOA projects are ready to roll out and some people want to be elsewhere when one or two implode?

SOA fatigue may be traced to aspects of SOA that people have sometimes rightly described as bloated. For SOA repositories and SOA governance the jury is still out. Continued »

August 29, 2008  10:43 AM

XTP powers SOA

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Extreme transaction processing (XTP) gets down to business in service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications at, a Canada-based online bookstore, profiled in a SearchSOA user story earlier this month. The marketplace for books is using Oracle Coherence, a distributed in-memory data grid designed for XTP environments. A product of Oracle’s purchase of Java performance specialist Tangosol in 2007, Coherence automatically partitions data in-memory across multiple servers.

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August 22, 2008  5:16 PM

JavaScript finds Harmony

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The Web wins, says Nexaweb’s CTO Jeremy Chone analyzing what happened with the ECMAScript working group Harmony decision announced earlier this month. “This is really good for the Web.”

In his view, the debate was whether ECMAScript a.k.a JavaScript was going to become a compiled language or retain its dynamic character. The decision to retain JavaScript’s dynamic quality has now been resolved, Chone told SOATalk. Although he acknowledges that at some level the debate will continue.

Chone’s take on this can be found on his blog.

If you are still trying to figure out what’s what with Harmony, ECMAScript, JavaScript et al, Alex Russell provides some very helpful explanations and definitions on the Ajaxian site.

August 20, 2008  12:11 PM

Sun targets BEA WebLogic users

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Former BEA customers, who may be unhappy with Oracle Corp.’s plans for WebLogic as its main service-oriented architecture (SOA) server, are targeted by Sun Microsystems Inc., which today announced a migration program for its JavaCAPS SOA platform. Sun is touting the lower price and open source status of JavaCAPS for former BEA customers looking for an alternative to the Oracle version of WebLogic, said Ashesh Badani, SOA director at Sun.

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August 18, 2008  5:13 PM

When the Grid met the Cloud – A modern technology fable

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

What’s in a name? Grid computing and Cloud computing advocates will soon be asking this question. Growing out of academic and open source software efforts, the Grid was represented as a virtually distributed architecture where vast computing nodes worked on jobs as needed. Grid was an outgrowth of Utility computing. Both terms were efforts to find analogies in the electrical power industry for hardware-software combos in the world of distributed computation. Grid never quite caught on. Continued »

August 12, 2008  4:37 PM

Inside Architecture on unified frameworks

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Microsoft Nick Malik recently blogged on “Inside Architecture” about features that would have to be included in a comprehensive framework for enterprise architecture.

There would have to more communication and sharing between models, he writes. A published taxonomy is another recommendation that would particularly benefit smaller businesses.

Like most MSDN blogs this comes with a disclaimer. This is not the corporate line, necessarily. But, with the company’s moves toward OSLO model unification, Malik’s thinking on EA may have special interest.

August 11, 2008  4:43 PM

Monson-Haefel talks of Curl as Ajax frameworks grow

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Some of the challenge to architects these days comes not from the server side where so much integration effort has been placed, but from the client side. There, Ajax has arisen to improve users’ interactions with multiple application services.

But, as Richard Monson-Haefel told’s Rich Seeley, the unending proliferation of thinly supported open-source Ajax frameworks may cause architects for proprietary RIA-alternatives to Ajax. The long-time Burton Group analyst recently took a spot in the Curl brain trust.

Rich writes of his conversaion with Monson-Haefel in How to sort out Ajax and RIA frameworks. Monson-Haefel cites Curl, Flash and Silverlight among RIA choices some individuals are now considering. What do you think?

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