The editors of the HTTP specification have published an initial draft of v2 which is a straight copy of SPDY and will be used as a base for diffs going forward. Many changes are expected to be done like adding new features, removing existing ones, changing the bytes on the wire, etc. A draft ready for test implementations is expected to be published early next year.
The Open Group recently announced that their SOA Governance Framework was accepted as an international standard following a vote by the International Organization for Standardization (IOC) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The ratification came at the end of a six month review period and marks a continued relevance of SOA principles in today’s technology solutions.
IETF has discussed the future of HTTP, and the next version is to be using SPDY as a starting point. There is a controversy though: Microsoft claims SPDY is no better than HTTP/1.1 with all optimizations turned on, while SPDY’s inventor says Microsoft’s tests actually confirm SPDY’s advantage in a real world scenario.
Rackspace's Mark Nottingham, discusses the recent HTTPbis Working Group meeting, clarifications to the HTTP/1.1 specification, and the influence of SPDY on the group that have resulted in a change to its charter enabling them to begin considering HTTP/2.0.
With WebSockets now a W3C Candidate Recommendation and a new JSR about to start in the JCP, the question arises about how and if WebSockets work with the principles of REST? Do they compliment each other, or will WebSockets, as some people believe, divert attention away from REST and towards a new style of interaction for the Web? There is even the suggestion that WebSockets "breaks the Web".
The Open Group recently published three standards that aid organizations that are building infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and service oriented architectures. In concert, these standards provide expert advice in the form of best practices, questionnaires, and templates for SOA and cloud-scale infrastructure architecture.
OASIS recently announced that v4.0 of the ebXML Registry and Repository standard has been approved. However, in an age where Web Services appear on the wane, REST is taken for granted, and Cloud is on everyone's lips, does ebXML have a role to play?
IEEE announced that the Hans Karlsson Standard Award 2012 has been given to Paul R. Croll for dedicated leadership of the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee, and for his diplomacy and collaboration in facilitating the development of a collection of high-quality standards.
W3C has opened up their infrastructure and expertise to the world to create Community and Business Groups useful to develop specifications and tests or simply hold discussions around web technologies. W3C Community Groups are open and do not require any fee, and all proceedings are public, while Business Groups do require a fee. Interview with Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.
A set of key cloud computing use cases focused on cloud management, portability, interoperability and security has been developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) as an on-going contribution for the definition of open standards for cloud computing.
IBM WebSphere Application Server V8 has been launched, becoming the third application server to offer complete support for the full Java EE 6 profile.
Business Intelligence vendor Pentaho has announced the release of olap4j 1.0, a new, common Java API for any online analytical processing (OLAP) server.
The Apache Software foundation has announced that Apache Chemistry, an Open Source implementation of the OASIS CMIS standard, has graduated to become a top-level project.