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Building Service Oriented Architectures with Java Technology

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Sun Microsystems started a tour in the US to present a comprehensive view of the technologies and approaches it recommends to build Service-Oriented-Architecture with Java Technology. In Seattle, the presenter was Thomas Barrett, SOA Technical Specialist at Sun.

Sun's target architecture is a composite application platform which is using reusable services either provided by third parties or built from legacy systems. Sun introduces SOA as a:

Track-tested architectural style for building applications using services available in a network (“The Network is the Computer”)

The presentation explains that SOA is best implemented with an ESB that provides resource and channel adapters as well as a series of build-in capabilities such as transformation, security, logging, routing...

Sun introduces the four layers of a Service Oriented Architecture:

  • access (delivery channels)
  • process
  • service
  • resource

Sun sees Web Services and REST as equally important for implementing Service Oriented Architectures. It is investing significantly in REST with:

  • JAX-RS: Java API for RESTful Web Services
  • JSR 311 (Draft April 2007)
  • Jersey is open source reference implementation

Sun also presents BPEL as a critical technology for SOA. The presenter demoed a graphical editor based on BPMN symbols and running in NetBeans 6.0.

The presentation went on to give an introduction to JBI, which is Sun's foundation to Service Oriented Achitectures. The presenter also demoed JBI's new assembly capability which is very similar to the one of SCA. Sun sees JBI as:

  • Allowing developers to provide more sophisticated applications and achieve better integration with other Java platform technologies
  • Standard “meta-container” for integrated services

The presentation gives some details about the upcoming JBI 2.0 specification:

  • Clarify and enhance JBI's role in creation, deployment and runtime support of composite applications
  • Support Web 2.0 technologies and usage models
  • Facilitate performance optimizations by component and container implementers
  • Improve alignment with Java EE (e.g. use of transactions)
  • Align with the Service Component Architecture (SCA) specifications with the goal of making JBI 2.0 a standard Java runtime for SCA
  • Provide full compatibility with OSGi Java-based service platform

The presentation includes a proposal for the alignment between SCA and JBI:

  • SCA sees JBI as helpful in implementing SCA on the Java platform
  • JBI appreciates SCA service metadata as helpful in standardizing service composition in general
  • SCA and JBI are not competitors as they focus on different aspects of service composition

The last section of the presentation focuses on the OpenESB offering, its relationship to Java CAPS (Composite Application Platform Suite) and its roadmap.

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