Standards are often cited as important, helping to prevent vendor lock-in and allow for interoperability between heterogeneous implementations. However, as Steve Jones points out recently, it is still common for many SOA practitioners to ignore selecting standards at the start of the SOA lifecyle. In this article he outlines where standards should fit in and how REST is no exception to this rule.
Until recently there was no standardized way in which to measure the performance of SOA infrastructures, such as ESBs. Now the Spec Organization have announced that they are working with vendors to define just such a benchmark.
Various members of the OMG, OASIS and Open Group efforts around SOA standardization have gotten together to produce a new white paper that attempts to steer you through the range of specifications and working groups. It is deliberately implementation agnostic, staying clear of Web Services, JBI and other approaches.
Service Component Architecture (SCA) is a today’s most popular programming model for building applications and systems based on a Service Oriented Architecture. A new “Assembly Model Specification Extensions for Event Processing and Pub/Sub” allows to further extend SCA’s reach in implementation of the event-driven systems.
HTTP is one of the most successful protocols in the world, and more and more developers are using it to do more than drive HTML UIs. In this presentation, recorded at QCon San Francisco 2008, HTTPbis WG chair Mark Nottingham gives an update on the current status of the HTTP protocol in the wild, and the ongoing work to clarify the HTTP specification.
Bill Burke, lead of the RESTeasy project, talks about how REST is truer to the goals of the Web than Web Services and allows you to focus on interoperability at the right level, without having to worry about the kind of problems WS-* standardization has encountered.
The OASIS WS-DD technical committee, who are working on the standardization of WS-Discovery, recently put a trio of specifications into public review. Although WS-Discovery has seen some interest since its original release over 5 years ago, Oracle's William Vambenepe still wonders if it is of any use and whether anyone other than Microsoft will really use it.
In another one of our online roundtable interviews, we talk with some of the people behind the latest version of the BPMN standard that is progressing through the OMG. We talk with them about BPMN 2.0 as well as XPDL and BPEL4People.
Microsoft has outlined the CSS extensions whose support has changed in IE 8.
The formation of the Open Web Foundation was recently announced at OSCON 2008 as a way for "community driven specifications" to be standardized. Although there has been some positive responses to the OWF the majority of people seem unconvinced of the efficacy, especially when we already have the IETF, W3C and OASIS.
News from RubyKaigi2008—the Japanese Ruby conference held at Tsukuba from June 20 through 22—concerning the planned Ruby standardization, the Ruby 1.9 roadmap and a glimpse at upcoming features in future versions of Ruby.
OASIS announces that the UDDI and FWSI technical committees have closed and completed their work.
In another one of our semi-regular Virtual Roundtables, InfoQ took the opportunity to talk to some of the main authors behind the BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask specifications and find out the driving forces behind it and what we can expect next.
Kevin Dangoor of SitePen recently blogged about Flash, Silverlight and the Open Web. He offers his defense for open standards as the best future for the web. Adobe's Ryan Stewart, a Flex evangelist, responds.
What might this be: "envisioned as a decentralised world-wide information space for sharing machine-readable data with a minimum of integration costs"? Is this about REST? Nope. According to SWEO, it is about the Semantic Web. Cool URIs will help making this way. So it might be worth looking whether RESTful SOA URIs can also be "cool".