Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hello again, everyone. (Or all two of you)

Loyal readers may remember that I stopped writing this blog when my boss instituted a policy requiring all blogs be approved by PR before publication. Since I wouldn't submit my blog to PR, I stopped writing it, at least under my own name.

I'm no longer with my prior company, so it is time to start up this blog again. I've got a backlog of issues to write about. So many, in fact, that you can think of this as my Q4 2008 editorial calendar.

  • Finally, after all my pleading, all my whining and all my cajolery, I get to test drive JackBe Presto. We've gone a round or two in the past, with JackBe refusing me access, and me swearing that I would give them a fair review. You can read my requests here, here and here. I'd like to say that my razor sharp reasoning finaly convinced JackBe that free and open access to their technology is the best marketing strategy, but it wouldn't be true. It's just that I now no longer work for a company JackBe perceives as a competitor.

    So far it has been a bit of a trial. Since I had to give back my corporate computer, I'm starting from scratch with a laptop having only, god help me, Vista, installed. Before I can install the Presto suite I have to install the JDK and Eclipse, which reminded me of all the myriad libraries and jar files I already had installed on my old machine. I suppose I'll figure out what's missing when I write code and don't have the appropriate jars...

    So I haven't quite gotten Presto installed yet, but hopefully some time today I'll be able to dig in.

  • The financial services industry has been an early adopter of business-driven initiatives using guerrilla SOA and mashups. Needless to say, this market has other things on its mind just now. The question we are all asking is, "What's in store for us given the meltdown?" I've been building mashups for a handful of global banks for the past nine months, and I've got some opinions about what we can expect for the next nine months.

  • Interneer looks like another promising application builder tool, along the same lines as Coghead and ActiveGrid (WaveMaker). Once I finish with Presto, I'll take Interneer through its paces and let you know how it stacks up against its rivals.

  • Despite our best efforts, the hype surrounding SOA is dimming. This is actually a good thing, not a bad thing. SOA is no longer newsworthy because it is passe. Mainstream. Old school. Dull. As SOA moves to the mainstream, raging debates about SOAP versus REST, stateless web services, and whether Event-Driven Architecture (EDA) is an extension of SOA, seem to be naval gazing. I'll give my take on the state of SOA, where it is, and where I think it will be moving in the next year.

  • The industry is lousy (Nasty word. Read the etymology here.) with WS* standards. Along with the product reviews, I'll start to explain some of these specifications and how they fit in to the evolving SOA 'standards.'

That should take me through Q4 2008, along with random rants from the field. Feel free to write with suggestions for topics, or just to say, "Hello."

It's good to be back.

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