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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 don’t 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 bumper crop. 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)

SOAP: Cross Platform Web Service Development Using XML

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)

A Conversation with Adam Bosworth

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)

What's the Best Definition of SOA?

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)

Is Vendor-Based SOA Training A Good Idea?

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)