The Smooks project has been used in several ESBs for transformation techniques since the first adoption by JBossESB. However, in this article Tom Fennelly discusses how it can be used for much more than that.
With the wealth of new features and support for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009, Microsoft ESB Guidance 2.0 CTP, released last week, strengthens company’s position in the ESB market.
MuleSource, a provider of open source service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure software, announced the general availability of Mule 2.1 Enterprise and Mule Galaxy 1.5.
Red Hat has released a new version of the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform (version 4.3) and a new version of JBoss Operations Network (2.1). The new SOA Platform allows for the remote monitoring and management of open source SOA deployments while the new integrated management platform aims to improve cooperative support.
After the Oracle acquisition of BEA it was not clear how Oracle was going to integrate often competing SOA products in its and BEA’s portfolio. In his presentation last month David Shaffer, VP Product Managemen for, Oracle Integration, described the Oracle-BEA product Strategy and Roadmap for SOA, BPM, Governance and Events.
InfoQ features an interview with the authors and a review of a new book on "Applied SOA", as well as a sample chapter for download. Among the authors is Boris Lublinsky, one of InfoQ's SOA editors. In the interview, the authors talk about major hurdles in SOA introduction, the problem with lack of skills, and their assessment of SOA's maturity.
BizTalk Labs has updated its range of connectivity and business process services through the BizTalk Services SDK which offers access to the following services: Workflow, Identity, Windows Live ID Credentials, Unauthenticated Access, TransportClientCredentials, HTTP Connectivity Mode.
In this presentation, recorded at QCon London 2008, ThoughtWorks' Chief Scientist Martin Fowler and Global Head of Architecture Jim Webber share their views of the typical corporate ESB, which in their opinion has grown too fat for its own good. Martin and Jim suggest the Web's architecture as a possible and more light-weight alternative, in line with their preference for agile approaches.
A recent ebizQ podcast with IBM's Lief Davidsen discusses how ESBs can be used as the simple solution to adopting SOA. The "should I or shouldn't I?" debate around the relationship between ESB and SOA has raged for a while and this interview will probably not be the final word.
Service simulation (mocking) – the ability to mimic service behavior even before they are implemented - enables service consumer developers and testers to parallelize their efforts without having to wait for service implementation to complete. Service simulation also provides a light-weight alternative to building expensive reference environments.
In this presentation from QCon London 2007, William Soo and Meeraj Kunnumpurath discuss the Voca transaction processing system architecture, the previous Mainframe-based architecture, architectural challenges and requirements, the new Spring and J2EE-based architecture, upcoming challenges for Voca, and technologies to watch for in the future.
Mule founder Ross Mason recently discussed how Java Business Integration (JBI) compares with Mule's architecture. Among the JBI aspects he criticized, his concerns about being very XML dependent, lack of re-usability of JBI artifacts (Binding Components, Service Engines), heavy set of APIs are the most notable items.
Mule, a lightweight and highly scalable ESB, has just release Mule 2.0. New features in the 2.0 release include improved configuration using XML Schema, a closer Spring integration, and signification architectural improvements.
Udi Dahan describes an experience implementing a new order system in which large size message passing was affecting the scalability and even bringing down servers in the system. The article describes how they diagnosed the problem and their solution, by "changing our service contracts and introducing stateful interactions we were able to manage the performance critical state of the system."
Ron Schmelzer of ZapThink discusses why most integration-developers aren't "doing" SOA and why this is bad for Service Oriented Architecture. He discusses the problem and illustrates some straightforward approaches to alleviate it, which don't always require significant investments in new infrastructure.
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