OASIS announced the release of 9 new standards in the WS-* architecture, including new versions of WS-AtomicTransaction, WS-ReliableMessaging and WS-Trust.
Burton Group's Anne Thomas Manes wrote an obituary for SOA, saying SOA met its demise on January 1, 2009, when it was wiped out by the catastrophic impact of the economic recession. InfoQ has collected industry reactions.
W3C announces that WS-Eventing, WS-Transfer and others are now going to be standardized through a new working group.
Microsoft has released Geneva Beta 1, previously known as Zermatt, an identity management solution which takes the burden of authenticating and authorizing users away from applications. Geneva supports the OASIS WS-Trust specification.
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.
Microsoft released a beta of “Zermatt”, an identity framework for developers using the .Net framework. The framework helps developers build claims-aware applications to address application security requirements using a simplified application access model.
In this interview, recorded at QCon London 2008, Red Hat Director of Standards and Technical Development Manager for the SOA platform Mark Little talks about extended transaction models, the history of transaction standardization, their role for web services and loosely coupled systems, and the possibility of an end to the Web services vs. REST debate.
The XSI technical committee is attempting to standardize the 2.0 version of their specification. After 3 years, the W3C is still not convinced about the need for yet another URI scheme. With one of the original intentions behind XRI (Web Services and more "complex" objects on the Web) clearly not in need of XRI, is this a standard too far?
While in the past, the Java community debated over backing SCA or JBI, there are some signs that both of them might be formally incorporated into Java EE 6.
In this interview, recorded at QCon San Francisco, (then) Burton Group consultant Pete Lacey talks to Stefan Tilkov about the reasons for his disillusionment with SOAP, describes the ideas behind REST, and addresses some of its perceived shortcomings. Finally, he discusses cases where SOAP/WS-* or RESTful HTTP might be more appropriate.
Olaf Zimmermann and his colleagues have developed a general Architectural Decision Framework. In this paper presented at WWW 2008, they demonstrate how this framework can be used to compare REST and WS-* an possibly end an almost decade long debate.
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.
The 0.9 draft of the SCA Java EE Integration specification, just published by the Open SOA collaboration, defines the integration of SCA and Java EE within the context of a Java EE application, the use of Java EE components as service component implementations, and the deployment of Java EE archives either within or as SCA contributions.
The latest interoperability event (a “plugfest”) at Microsoft’s Redmond campus showed impressive results for interoperability between future releases of Sun’s Metro Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation in .NET 3.5. InfoQ had a chance to talk to Harold Carr, the engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability at Sun, about the interop results.
Identity management for networked and distributed applications continues to present several unique challenges for users and developers. Higgins is a suite of identity management solutions from the Eclipse foundation, created with the intent of simplifying and adding consistency to online authentication.