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Standards are Great, but Standardisation is a Really Bad Idea

Posted by Paul Downey  on  Dec 12, 2009 1

Paul Downey discusses the risks of premature standardisation, unnatural constraints, partial implementations and open extensions, how to avoid cloud computing lock-in, formal activities versus lightweight open processes as exemplified by open source, Microformats, OpenID, OAuth and other Web conventions being ratified through open, lightweight, continuous agreement.

REST-based Integration Architecture for a Financial Business Service

Posted by Phillip Ghadir  on  Oct 13, 2009 1

Phillip Ghadir presents a financial application that was initially built using SOAP, WSDL, WS-*, and was later migrated to use REST, Atom, and AtomPub, explaining the decisions made, the pitfalls and the lessons learned along the way.

Document Based Services at British Airways

Posted by Mike Daley and Stewart Marshall  on  Aug 21, 2009 1

Mike Daley and Stewart Marshall, both Technical Architects for British Airways, present the ba.com architecture, the challenges faced to build it, and the tools used. They describe how they created an SOA comprising document-based services.

A couple of ways to skin an Internet-scale cat

Posted by Jim Webber  on  Oct 29, 2008 6

In this presentation, recorded at QCon San Francisco, ThoughtWorks director of professional services and all-around Web and Web services expert Jim Webber explains the core concepts of message-oriented web services, expresses his thorough dislike of WSDL, explains different approaches to Web architecture, and shows an example of a RESTful workflow.

Real World Web Services

Posted by Scott Davis  on  Aug 29, 2007 5

In this presentation, Scott Davis provides a pragmatic, down-to-earth introduction to Web services as used in the real world by public sites, including SOAP-based, REST and POX-style examples. While the buzzword density leaves nothing to be desired, the presentation contains a very accessible introduction to the core Web services standards.

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