Nick Malik writes about "The Value of Intermediation in SOA", which started an interesting discussion. In his first blog post on the subject he asked the question: "Is it Service Oriented if the message cannot be intermediated?".
John Evdemon, an architect with the Microsoft Architecture Strategy Team has published an initial draft of the introductory chapter of a Microsoft Abstract SOA Reference Model. According to Evdemon this paper shall serve as an abstract reference for understanding, designing and building software architectures that adhere to service-oriented principles.
Aaron Skonnard has published an article about WCF Messaging Fundamentals in the current issue of the MSDN Magazine. He provides an overview of WCF's messaging layer, improvements in the System.Xml namespace as well as guidance on working with messages and message representations.
InfoQ sits down with Mohammad Akif, a Microsoft Architect Evangelist, to discuss the myths of SOA, common pitfalls in designing for SOA, J2EE and .NET interoperability and injecting the Security Development Lifecycle into enterprise development lifecycles.
Miko Matsumura interviews John Harby, an independent consultant, OASIS Techican Committee member and SOA practitioner on popular SOA implementation methodologies.
As the problem domain of your Rails applications expands, you may need to run computationally intensive or long running background tasks. How can you run these long background tasks without your web server timing out? And how do you display the progress to your users?
SOA Expert Steve Jones from CapGemini provides a hands on look at SOA Antipatterns and a list of ways your SOA project can go wrong. This list includes signs that these problems are cropping up as well as what to do when you see them happening.
A Field Report from the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summitt 2006 shows some mixed trends in SOA and Web Services as well as new products and analysis.
Arjen Poutsma has posted a step-by-step tutorial on contract-first Web service development.