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  • Blog Post: SOA Fatigue

    Dave Linthicum recently blogged about not attending SOA conferences because he is able to determine the core trends and messages they would be promoting.  I've thought this about SOA books, reports, trade magazines and online articles for well over a year.    Does this mean SOA is...
  • Blog Post: Say What?

    Interesting perspective from Randy Heffner (Forrester) in the latest issue of Redmond Magazine: Perhaps Randy is unaware of our work on XML , SOAP and the Web Services Workshops that led to the WS-* specifications . The quote above seems to be inspired by current OASIS activities associated...
  • Blog Post: SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

    The 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference will be held from October 29th through November 2nd, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. Customers and partners can learn about Microsoft’s current and long-term strategy for SOA & Business Process...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 24/7

    Saravana Kumar just launched a nice aggregation of BizTalk resources at BizTalk 24/7 . Worth a look if you are working with or new to BizTalk.
  • Blog Post: How do you define "Composite Applications"?

    While we're all puzzling over how to define SOA let's throw another term into the mix. The term Composite Applications is getting a lot of attention these days. The problem, like SOA, is that there seems to be many differerent opinions on what Composite Applications are. Gartner defines Composite Applications...
  • Blog Post: Nailing Jello to the Wall

    Joe McKendrick has a blog entry about just a bunch of Web Services and SOA. He cites some research from Saugatuck that states "...many companies are merely managing a collection of Web services, and have yet to make a strong commitment to SOA as a management discipline". Joe asks: what constitutes...
  • Blog Post: A Round-up of Microsoft SOA Resources

    Microsoft believes that software empowers individuals to accomplish difficult tasks. Our approach towards educating our partners and customers on SOA reflects this belief. For this reason the bulk of our resources are designed to be actionable instead of passive, instructor-led courses. These offerings...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Linux

    If you haven't heard about this already, you owe it to yourself to check this out . The most exciting part of the announcement (imho): Web Services for managing physical and virtual servers : Microsoft and Novell will undertake work to make it easier for customers to manage mixed Windows and...
  • Blog Post: Hammer Time

    The apparent backlash (if you can call it that) against WS-BPEL 2.0 has begun. I knew things were going to get interesting when I heard Dave Linthicum's SOA Podcast mention BPEL getting " hammered " by both the press and the blogosphere. There are a variety of reasons for the "hammering", some justified...
  • Blog Post: WS-* Specs and Status at a glance

    Below is a slide from an internal event I spoke at last week. Thanks to Jorgen for summarizing the status of these specs. This "status" slide is current as of 8/2/2006.
  • Blog Post: BizTalk and WF - Which To Use When?

    This came up a lot during my meetings at TechEd so I thought I would re-post some of the stuff I was saying here.  Feedback and flames are, as always, highly encouraged.   When Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) was first announced at the 2005 Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) many...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2006 - Pre-con

    I flew into Boston on a red-eye this AM and boy are my arms tired (sorry!). Last year's TechEd was in Orlando, this year we're in Beantown. The conference seems to be about the same size which is, in technical terms, friggin' huge ! I'll snap some pix later if I can find some new batteries for my camera...
  • Blog Post: Spark, Microsoft and Web 2.0

    Dion Hinchcliffe (ZDNet) posted a blog entry on SPARK . Spark is an invitation-only event being held the weekend before the MIX 06 conference (Bill Gates and Tim O'Reilly are doing the keynote together). Spark is an event my team organized to try and bring the SOA, SaaS and Web 2.0 world closer together...
  • Blog Post: A Workflow Manifesto

    From an internal presentation that I will make available over the next week or so.  Thanks to Harry for inspiration and feedback!   Workflow is everywhere Workflow doesn’t just live in the datacenter on integration servers.   Workflow is powerful Workflows can do everything that code can...
  • Blog Post: A Japanese version of the WS-BPEL spec

    The BPEL Seminar, a volunteer group, is currently translating the WS-BPEL spec into Japanese. In order to avoid duplication, all those interested in translating WS-BPEL into Japanese are asked to review the BPEL Seminar wiki at http://wiki.livedoor.jp/the_pandas_panda/d/Translation .
  • Blog Post: Are you using or planning to use BPEL?

    SOA Bitpipe has revived their BPEL poll. The results are interesting: Apparently 25% of those polled are currently using BPEL. Are these production systems or prototypes? Given the state of the spec I'd be a bit leery about deploying BPEL in a production environment at this moment in time. 25...
  • Blog Post: Pub/Sub using RSS?

    SSE defines new XML elements that add replication information to items in an RSS feed and so implement bidirectional RSS. That is two endpoints can mutually publish and subscribe to each other's RSS feed, when changes are made in one endpoint, they are propagated to the other and vice versa. These...
  • Blog Post: David Chappell nails it (again!)

    David Chappell recently published a great article with a horrible title: "The Case Against BPEL".  I hate the title because his article actually makes the case for the real value (imho) that BPEL provides - a standards-based approach for communicating public processes.   The original vision/intent of...
  • Blog Post: Your ears will love you for this - ARCast #1

    The first ARCast is now available . ARCast is an Architecture Podcast that my team has developed. The premiere episode focuses on the future of WS* and interoperability. Participants include Chris Haddad, Roger Sessions, Jeff Schlimmer, Dare Obasanjo and Michele Leroux Bustamante. Subscribe with...
  • Blog Post: Principles of Service Design

    Its been a while since I've blogged. Let's fix that. Tonight I had the first two papers of a multi-paper series on service design posted to MSDN: Principles of Service Design: Service Patterns and Anti-Patterns Summary: This paper, the first of a multi-paper series, provides some fundamental principles...
  • Blog Post: Better Late Than Never...

    Slides from my presentation at Tech Ed are available here (ppt format). Contact me if you want the code samples and demos.
  • Blog Post: IMS Advanced Web Services Profiles

    I MS (Instructional Management Systems, Global Learning Consortium - www.imsglobal.org ) is an international standards group developing interoperable technical standards for e-Learning. Membership includes leading technology system suppliers, publishers, user organizations and universities active in...
  • Blog Post: Want to succeed with Web Services? Don't plan to build a SOA.

    This is a bit of a jaded post but I'm an old guy so I'm allowed to be jaded once in awhile - please bear with me. A services-oriented architecture (SOA) is simply a means for implementing a solution for your organization. SOA must not be your end goal since it improperly shifts the focus from the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is pleased to contribute WS-ReliableMessaging to OASIS...

    And so it begins... Today Microsoft, IBM, BEA and Tibco all contributed their work on WS-ReliableMessaging to the OASIS Web Services Reliable Exchange Technical Committee ( not to be confused with that other OASIS technical committee focusing on reliable messaging for web services ). A copy of...
  • Blog Post: Understanding MTOM

    MTOM combines the composability of Base 64 encoding with the transport efficiency of SOAP with Attachments. Non-XML data is processed just as it is with SOAP with Attachments SWA – the data is simply streamed as binary data in one of the MIME message parts. (The MTOM processing model is described in...
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