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  • What Are The Drawbacks Of REST?

    A recent posting on a REST Architects list has prompted Ganesh Prasad to outline some problems that he sees with REST (over HTTP) in terms of more dynamic peer-to-peer environments and how they could be addressed. He suggests some lessons could be learned from Web Services and mentions an Internet Draft specification which he has been working on.

  • Service Oriented 'Internet of Things And Services'

    Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) are associated with business applications and integrations. A recent IEEE publication describes the architecture and processes to achieve relatively seamless integration between the burgeoning 'Internet of Things' with the 'Internet of Services'.

  • SOA Practioners Should Define Standards First

    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.

  • SOA Transactions Using the Reservations Pattern

    Despite the extreme importance of transaction processing for ensuring reliability and manageability of distributed computing and several existing WS-* standards, the implementation of the transactional behavior in SOA is still pretty rare. The Reservation pattern, described in a new post by Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz, provides one of the possible solutions to this problem.

  • HATEOAS as an engine for domain specific protocol-description

    Explaining HATEOAS is notoriously tricky, In an effort to make it easier, Nick Gall explores the idea of describing it as an engine for domain specific protocol-description.

  • JAX-WS 2.2 and Metro 2.0 Nightly Available

    Rama Pulavarthi, member of the Java Web Services group at Sun Microsystems, has reported on the availability of the JAX-WS 2.2 and Metro 2.0 nightly builds. JAX-WS 2.2 is mainly aimed to add support for WS-Addressing 1.0 - Metadata specification and Metro 2.0 is scheduled to be delivered on GlassFish v3.

  • Interview: Ian Robinson discusses REST, WS-* and Implementing an SOA

    In this interview from QCon San Francisco 2008, Ian Robinson discusses REST vs. WS-*, REST contracts, WADL, how to approach company-wide SOA initiatives, how an SOA changes a company, SOA and Agile, tool support for REST, reuse and foreseeing client needs, versioning and the future of REST-based services in enterprise SOA development.

  • OASIS Releases a Raft of New Standards

    OASIS announced the release of 9 new standards in the WS-* architecture, including new versions of WS-AtomicTransaction, WS-ReliableMessaging and WS-Trust.

  • Web Services Test Forum Announced

    IBM, Oracle, Red Hat and others have just announced the formation of the Web Services Test Forum, a venue for continuous testing of interoperability for heterogeneous Web Services implementations as well as a flexible way for vendors and customers to define the interoperability scenarios that are important for them. But how does this relate to WS-I and why has Microsoft not signed up to it yet?

  • WS-BPEL Extension for Semantic Web Services (BPEL4SWS)

    A new WS-BPEL Extension for Semantic Web Services introduces support for semantic service discovery and invocation in the services integration implementations.

  • WS-Resource Access Activity Begun At W3C

    W3C announces that WS-Eventing, WS-Transfer and others are now going to be standardized through a new working group.

  • Geneva Manages Your Identity

    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.

  • Presentation: Mark Little's "Diary of a Fence Sitting SOA Geek"

    In this presentation, recorded at QCon London 2008, Mark Little explains the history of SOAP/WSDL/WS-*-based web services and RESTful HTTP and shows that both approaches have their roles to play in any good architect's toolkit. He elaborates on where possible convergence could, or should, occur within the industry.

  • Enterprise Web Conf: WOI, REST, and Mashups in New York Oct 28 & London Oct 30

    InfoQ and ProgrammableWeb.com have teamed up to bring you a one-day conference covering the emerging theory and practices behind RESTful SOA and Enterprise Mashups, called the 'Enterprise Web'. The event covers the emerging trends of web oriented integration/architecture, web as a platform, mashups, REST, and more.

  • Orchestration vs. Choreography: Debate Over Definitions

    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.

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