So, people keep asking me, "Steve, how come you are such a wild and crazy
OK, sorry, a late 70s flashback there.
No, they ask me, "Steve, what's your take on Web Services?" To that, I have a
standard opening: There is nothing special about Web Services. Web Services
will change the world. The reason I use this opening set of remarks is
because before I did, I'd get one of the following reactions when getting
into a conversation about Web Services: Web Services? No thanks, I already
have enough contractors. Web Services is revolutionary. Are you ready to
unleash a force of unstoppable economic power from your tiny little laptop?
Oh, Web Services, it's yet another RPC mechanism. It's middleware. Big Deal.
OK...so responses 2 and 3 seem to be at odds with each other. And at some
level they are. But on another, they aren't.
There is nothing special about Web Serv... (more)
Web services has promised many things. One primary promise has been the
ability to piece applications together by snapping Web services together like
so many Lego blocks. The output of one service becomes the input to the next
and so on.
In 2001, IBM published a specification called WSFL 1.0: Web Services Flow
Language. WSFL is a language used to define business processes using Web
services. By implementing WSFL, you can create process definitions that can
be used by any WSFL-based business process engine. In addition, any process
defined in WSFL can, itself, become a Web servic... (more)
I have a love/hate relationship with J2EE. I love the idea of standards that
we can all use in our development to improve interoperability, ease
integration issues, create a pool of skilled developers, etc. I hate the idea
that I have to wait years for the standards to evolve and become usable. And
I hate having specs that seem to work well in theory but have no practical
implementation behind them. This brings me to the JSF specification.
How long have we heard about JSF (JavaServer Faces) and how it will make it
easier to build Web pages? Why did it take more than two and a half... (more)
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End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read Offshore Outsourcing by Jack
My dad is a DBA. However, he doesn't design large databases, he doesn't write
extremely elaborate multiselect SQLs (I don't think he's ever read a Joe
Celko book), and he certainly doesn't care about the latest, greatest news in
the world of technology. He's been at the same place for about 15 years , is
respected by his co-workers, and makes sure that the rest of his organization
gets the information necessary to get their job... (more)
My hype meter has been revved up lately, and what has pegged it is Web
services. Who is hyping up Web services? Hmm...Microsoft, Sun, IBM, HP, BEA,
SilverStream, Ariba, BowStreet, webMethods...my aunt Judy. I'm expecting to
see this e-mail soon: "Quit your job and make $100,000 a year writing Web
services in this groundbreaking business opportunity." Oh...that one might be
Okay, so what's behind all this hype? Is all this real?
My take: absolutely real - or at least it will be very soon. This is my
fourth "sea change" in software development. I can recognize a good thin... (more)