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Testing a Browser’s JavaScript Compatibility with Test 262

by Abel Avram on  Jul 01, 2011

The recently released ECMAScript 262 5.1 fixes bugs in the previous major version 5.0, and is accompanied by Test 262, an online JavaScript compatibility test suite.

IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 8 Released with Full Java EE 6 Support

by Charles Humble on  Jun 29, 2011 1

IBM WebSphere Application Server V8 has been launched, becoming the third application server to offer complete support for the full Java EE 6 profile.

Olap4j 1.0: a Java API for OLAP Servers

by Charles Humble Jai Hirsch on  Jun 24, 2011

Business Intelligence vendor Pentaho has announced the release of olap4j 1.0, a new, common Java API for any online analytical processing (OLAP) server.

Apache Chemistry, an Open Source Implementation of OASIS CMIS, Becomes a Top-Level Project

by Charles Humble on  Feb 23, 2011 2

The Apache Software foundation has announced that Apache Chemistry, an Open Source implementation of the OASIS CMIS standard, has graduated to become a top-level project.

NIST Cloud Computing Twiki Launched

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 30, 2010

Today NIST began sending users their credentials for their Cloud Computing twiki, of which Kevin Jackson was one of the first to be granted access. The intent of the NIST working group is to promote cloud computing adoption and overcome the current percieved barriers of security, interoperability and portability.

Work begins on JAX-RS 2.0

by Mark Little on  Nov 14, 2010 22

JAX-RS is the standard for RESTful services in enterprise Java. It has been finalised since 2008 and part of EE6 since late 2009, with several implementations. Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of implementation experience and now Oracle have announced that JAX-RS 2.0 is in the works, as well as giving an indication of their current thoughts. But are they missing anything?

Nuxeo Introduces Plug-in Marketplace, CMIS Support to its Enterprise Content Management Offerings

by Charles Humble on  Nov 11, 2010

Open Source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) company Nuxeo has updated its Open Source OSGi-Based Content Management Infrastructure, adding support for JBoss 5.1, JBoss EAP, and CMIS 1.0, and introducing the Marketplace providing a distribution channel for Plug-ins.

Standards and Open Source for Cloud Computing

by Dave West on  Aug 18, 2010 7

Three recent announcements highlight the evolving cloud ecosystem in favor of openness and standards. Red Hat has moved its Deltacloud effort to the Apache Incubator, Rackspace has made its Cloud Files code open source, and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has released two documents laying out the essential functions for cloud computing and descriptive language for them.

Platform as a Service, Portability and Mobility

by Mark Little on  May 24, 2010 2

Are current PaaS solutions really vendor lock-in opportunities? In a recent article Joe McKendrick discusses this possibility in terms of application portability and mobility. He also ties this to similar issues that affect the SOA world.

Python Could Become the Language of Finance

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 21, 2010 1

The SEC is proposing that most Asset Backed Securities include a downloadable “program that gives effect to the flow of funds, or “waterfall,” provisions of the transaction”. If the proposal is passed, this program would have to be written in Python and posted EDGAR.

ECMA Common Language Infrastructure 5th Edition

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 20, 2010

The ECMA working group in charge of the Common Language Infrastructure standard has produced released a working draft of the 5th edition. The CLI represents the subset of Microsoft’s .NET platform that has been placed in the care of Ecma International. Originally known as the European Computer Manufacturers Association, Ecma International both competes with and complements ISO.

Real Time Web And Cloud Management Standards

by Dilip Krishnan on  Feb 18, 2010 1

William Vambenepe comments on the absence of “real time” features in existing cloud management solutions and proposes the desirable properties that define such solutions. Dare Obasanjo examines implementations of the real time web available today and provides a detailed explanation of the technologies such services use. Is the real time web a grassroots solution to cloud management standards?

SOA Practioners Should Define Standards First

by Mark Little on  Jan 31, 2010 1

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.


by Mark Little on  Sep 22, 2009 1

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.

Navigating the SOA Open Standards Landscape Around Architecture

by Mark Little Boris Lublinsky on  Jul 22, 2009

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.