I'm currently reading Influencers, in which the authors make a great point
that with innovation, the messenger is as important as the message. There's a
story of a researcher who attempts to get farmers to use a more disease
resistant strain of corn, but the farmers dont view this person as
experienced and don't want to risk their crop. So, the researcher sets out to
find that one person who will try the new strain of corn, thereby, setting an
example for all the other farmers. So, the researcher finds this farmer that
dresses in Bermuda shorts and drives a Cadillac, who is open to innovative
farming techniques and who successfully uses the new strain of corn to grow a
At this point, most of us engineer types are thinking, great, now all the
other farmers have an example of it working and will feel more comfortable
using the new corn. I know I will rai... (more)
At first glance, Scott Seely's book looks like it might answer a lot of
questions that a developer might have with regard to building SOAP
applications. However, once inside I believe most readers will have a split
experience. Scott hits the basics as most engineers would, but drills down
directly into the minutiae without first setting up context for the reader.
To start with, the cover does a great job of attracting the reader by listing
the key points that any developer would be interested in, such as multiple
programming language support (C#, Visual Basic, C++, Perl, Java) and... (more)
Adam Bosworth, vice president of engineering of the Frameworks Division at
BEA, recently sat down with JP Morgenthal to talk about his role in WebLogic.
WLDJ: Tell us about your role at BEA.
Adam: Basically, I make sure that we build what's necessary for J2EE to
become usable by the rest of us - on top of WebLogic Server. Whether it's
building the user interface in the portal strategy, or building the overall
development environment, WebLogic Workshop will make it easy for every
reasonable developer to use.
WLDJ: What are your primary software development interests?
AB: I've spent ... (more)
It seems that I am not as flexible as I believed I could be on my thinking
regarding SOA. I attempted to categorize various SOA engagements in my SOA
World Magazine article entitled A Classification Scheme for Defining SOA.
I believed that I could hide my dissatisfaction with the lack of clarity
surrounding SOA by lumping SODA/application development into its own
subcategory. I was wrong! When it comes down to it, there's still just too
much ambiguity surrounding the term service.
So, you might ask, What is the big deal if we call everything running on a
computer a service? T... (more)
I saw an announcement this morning by WSO2 that they are offering free SOA
Training this summer; this triggered my uh-oh senses. I'm sure that WSO2
means well, but I've noticed a trend in my conversations with individuals who
have a predominantly been trained by SOA Vendors to focus too heavily on the
implementation design factors and focus too little, or not at all, on a
top-down approach. To me, this makes perfect sense, because, and I know this
is a contentious statement, architecture cannot be taught to the masses.
The results of bottom-up engagements, which are labeled as SOA,... (more)