Karl Shifflett released the final release of Prism 4 to MSDN on November 12. Simultaneously, Karl also published the first installment of a series of multimedia training that is consumed within Visual Studio 2010 called, In the Box.
Ross Mason, founder of MuleSource expressed his frustration with OSGi: "OSGi is a great specification for middleware vendors, but a terrible specification for the end user." He argues that OSGi just isn’t ready for the developer yet as it is too difficult to completely make it invisible to a developer.
The patterns&practices team at Microsoft has released the latest version of its composite application guidance called PRISM 4 Drop 9, the library, the reference implementations and quick starts being code complete.
Recently the Deltacloud and libCloud projects were accepted into Apache incubator status. Now it looks like Nuvem, another Cloud-related project may be coming soon. Although there may be overlaps with these other projects, it seems that Nuvem may be taking a SOA-based approach with dependency on SCA.
WebSphere Application Server V7 Feature Pack for OSGi Applications and Java Persistence API 2.0 offers a standards-based implementation of OSGi Blueprint Container specification and JPA 2.0. It also provides an optional feature to deploy and manage applications as versioned OSGi bundles. IBM recently announced the GA release of the feature pack which is based on Apache projects Aries and OpenJPA.
A new version of the open source SCA implementation – Fabric3 - introduces many new features including improved clustering, deep integration with WebLogic application server, and improved performance support. InfoQ has conducted an interview with Metaform Systems founder and SCA contributor Jim Marino.
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.
Jetty is in the process of moving to the Eclipse foundation. At EclipseCon 2009, Greg Wilkins gave an update of why it is moving, what impact it will have, and plans for the future.
The Apache Tuscany team announced the release of 2.0 M1 of the Java Service Component Architecture (SCA) project. SCA defines a technology neutral component and assembly model for business application developers to focus on implementing the business logic and composing them into business solutions without worrying about the technology concerns.
Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight v2.0, a.k.a. PRISM 2, has been released on Microsoft Downloads. This release offers guidance for building Silverlight client applications as well as guidance for reusing code between WPF applications and Silverlight ones.
Matthieu Hug provides his views on Cloud Computing, focusing on BPM-as-a-Service. Cloud Computing is not just about making your problems someone else's problems, it also introduces key innovations in information system construction. In particular, it is poised to enable Multi-Enterprise Information Systems.
Christina Lau introduces IBM’s vision for BPM-as-a-Service: a light-weight BPMN based scripting engine for RESTful services. This vision is well in line with products currently on the market. The product is incubated at Project Zero and will eventually be deployed with WebSphere sMash.
ModuleFusion 1.0.2, an OSGi service stack designed for enterprise applications, was released. The distribution includes frameworks such as Google Guice, Hibernate, and Jetty, packaged as bundles.
With SOA maturing, it becomes more apparent that many people are getting lost in the “alphabet soup” of the terms that are interpreted and misinterpreted differently by many people. This makes it even harder for people, discussing complex SOA issues, to understand each other.
Complex Event Processing systems and Event Driven Architectures have been identified as playing a larger role in sophisticated systems today and in the future. What that role is and how it is carried out are up for debate.