Microservices Matters

October 21, 2010  6:06 PM

Fsharp language: Be functional or be square

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Languages are more the province of our sister site TheServerSide.com, but once and a while, languages do come up. One we hadn’t heard of in a while is F#, which is part of the .NET platform. It came up in discussion of technology trends with Nick Hines of ThoughtWorks. [See ”NoSQL, Git and more on ThoughtWorks radar”.]

Nick Hines said a move is underway to functional languages. This is driven by issues with Moore’s Law, limits with the speed boosts tomorrow’s processors can attain and the move to multicore processors. Scala and Clojure are other languages that may help abstract-up some of the threading/parallelization issues found with multicores.

Let’s face it: The functional languages have a long way to go and may never catch up with Java. Still, the biggest new thing with Java EE, say some, is the JVM’s reaching out to support more languages.  Is it with tongue and cheek that ThoughtWorks if following the following language technology trend? That is: “Java language end of life”.

October 18, 2010  8:57 PM

Light-weight apps and the LightSwitch development kit

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Enterprise-scale applications – by that we mean big banger ”let’s-change-the-way-we-do-things-around-here” enterprise applications – are what we want to do, right? Of course. It is in human nature to want to make a strong impact. Continued »

October 14, 2010  9:34 PM

Oracle middleware moves take back seat to hardware efforts

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Driven by necessity, Oracle has become a more impressive middleware company in recent years. The middleware buildup is somewhat obscured for now by its hardware ambitions. Continued »

October 11, 2010  8:25 PM

Mobile apps and cloud computing may be the drivers for IT in coming years

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

IBM developerWorks’ latest survey shows that IT professionals expect mobile and cloud computing to be the two major forces in application development for the foreseeable future. According to the survey, 91% anticipate cloud computing will replace on-premise computing as the primary model for IT acquisitions and mobile and cloud computing are seen as the top two hottest career opportunities moving forward. Continued »

October 6, 2010  4:19 PM

SOA sensibility

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Opinion – The clatter and chatter of the daily slog will tend to obscure underlying trends that eventually become quite vivid. Let’s face it, one of SOA’s big drivers was the industry wide push to Webify applications. That has no sign of slowing down!

Other drivers are the seemingly unrelated practices of BPM and CEP. Plenty of development teams are using services as an overarching or underlying paradigm, to ensure they don’t create silos of BPM or silos of CEP. The need to support diverse systems and data types – CEP, BPM, NoSQL – in creates need for SOA sensibility. 

Still, SOA is not a product, and thus has lost some of its producty lustre.

For more, read Random thoughts: Web app development remains Job #1. How do you see SOA stacking up, going into 2011?

September 29, 2010  3:20 PM

Event processing goes mainstream

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Event processing gets a genuinely insightful treatment in a recent book by K. Mani Chandy and Roy Schulte. “Event Processing: Designing IT Systems for Agile Companies” (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is an objective view on what is shaping up to be the next big step forward for computer automation, the effects of which could be very widespread.

In their book, Chandy and Schulte discuss the results of reducing elapsed time for business processes, Continued »

September 28, 2010  8:05 PM

Open Source SOA Connect at heart of government health care update

Kathleen Kriz Profile: Kathleen Kriz

Health organizations determined to modernize will benefit from better sharing of data, but healthcare data needs to be handled in ways that ensure patient privacy. SOA efforts such as the open source Connect initiative may help meet these twin goals.

“One of the things we have all recognized is that for healthcare to improve, we need information to be available where and when it’s needed to those who are authorized to see it,” said Mary Jo Deering, Director for Informatics Dissemination at the National Cancer Institute, Continued »

September 22, 2010  7:39 PM

At JavaOne – Java on the front end gets its time to shine

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

It is known for its servers, but even before it purchased Java-originator Sun Microsystems, Oracle had interest in client side technology. Still, it was surprising how much time Oracle’s Thomas Kurian devoted to user interface issues in his JavaOne Keynote Monday.

The big push is to provide Java developers a single platform for doing server and client side programming.  These days, of course, those twain tend not to meet – you get out of Java to do a whole bunch of JavaScript or Flash.

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September 22, 2010  3:40 PM

Veryant isCOBOL gets a graphical interface

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology provider, released an update to the isCOBOL Applications Performance Suite (APS). The APS is a set of tools for developing, deploying and modernizing COBOL systems. According to Veryant, isCOBOL combines benefits of both COBOL and Java to allow organizations to improve legacy assets with rich Internet applications. Continued »

September 21, 2010  3:47 PM

Oracle World 2010: When hardware met software

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

If the JavaOne folks were salving their pride this week, feeling both packed tight and scattered in a bunch of hotels on the other side of San Francisco’s Market Street – kicked out, if you will, of the Moscone Center that used to be the sole home for JavaOne – then how did the OracleWorld people feel?

Well, if the OracleWorld people read the tea leaves right when Oracle rolled out the ExaData data warehouse in a box a couple of years ago, then they weren’t surprised by the heavy dose of hardware at the first day of this year’s OracleWorld. But if they didn’t read those tea leaves, they wandered into a big bundle of surprise at this year’s event. Oracle’s purchase of Sun is shaping up as a sea change for the company led by yachtsman Larry Ellison. Continued »

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