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From the first days of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technology, many enthusiasts found an analogy between RIA and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Some of them talked about the benefits of a would-be-wonderful use of SOA in RIA; others saw RIA as a SOA face. Nonetheless, there are experts who see a discrepancy between RIA and SOA concepts. The major disagreement between RIA and SOA is in the fine-grained operations in RIA and the coarse-grained type of interfaces of SOA business services. Let's take a closer look at this problem. In a glance we can see that the RIA spectrum is wide. It includes applications with interfaces for information reporting, modifying predefined business data, collecting and inserting new data into the systems, fast and frequent exchange of information in social/community-oriented Internet applications, and setting commands in the pr... (more)

JavaOne 2006: Sun Sets Open Source Java Strategy

Rich Green, who recently returned to Sun Microsystems to head its software efforts, said that it's "not whether but how" Sun can open source Java and maintain compatibility that's delaying it from doing so. The promise, which might take some pressure off Sun, whose proprietary-style stewardship of the technology has always been a sore spot with Java licensees, was made at the opening of JavaOne Tuesday during Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's keynote when Green was brought on stage. Green said Sun was caught between a rock and a hard place - between the desire to open source Java and the fact that "compatibility matters" in a technology as ubiquitous as Java - but that it was going to be his job, now that he was back at Sun, to figure out how to do it. Sun has always been jealous of its control over Java and has voiced this logic before. Green offered no timeframe for it ha... (more)

Are You a WebLogic Expert?

In my travels I am often asked whether I am a WebLogic expert. I don't blame people for asking, since it is assumed that anyone who is editor-in-chief of a magazine dedicated to keeping its readers up to date on the myriad of BEA products must know everything there is to know about this end of the software spectrum. You might assume that by now I would be used to the question, "Are you a WebLogic expert, you know, a guru?" Every time though, it stops me in my tracks and I have to stop for a second and compose myself. Am I an expert? Umm, err...say something, quick. I usually respond with, "Well, I think I know enough to get by, how can I help you?" In most cases, I am able to provide some wisdom or at least guide the individual towards an answer to the particular problem or architectural design conundrum in which he or she embroiled. The question is so difficult to... (more)

Will "Mobile AJAX" Dominate Web 2.0?

In this article, which focuses on the impact of Ajax on mobile application development only (i.e. he does not discuss Ajax in general), SOA Web Services Edge speaker Ajit Jaokar contends that - since his e-mail, calendar and other applications are on the web, and he can store all my documents on the web, all he needs is a browser. "One client to rule them all! Thus, today I would use a ‘browser-only PC’," he adds. Earlier this year, I published an article called AJAX for Mobile Devices Will Be the Hallmark of "Mobile Web 2.0" in 2006. It created quite a stir .. and I am thankful for all the feedback. Specifically, I would like to thank C Enrique Oritiz , Thomas Landspurg , Paul Golding and Jan Standal (Opera) for their feedback. Special thanks go to Paul Golding for brainstorming some of the ideas in this article with me. I did not intend to write a follo... (more)

i-Technology Blog: Google Trends on Java, McNealy, AJAX, and SOA Give Pause For Thought

Like so many of the ideas that tumble out of the Googleplex into the public domain, Google Trends is irresistible. SYS-CON group publisher and editorial director Jeremy Geelan puts the application, newly taken out of beta and now available to all cyberspace from the Google main page, through its paces by taking it out for a giddy spin around the i-Technology world. The results are surprising... "See what the world is searching for" says the slogan accompanying - and that very precisely encapsulates the aspect of Google Trends that makes it addictive. Like Technorati on speed. There really isn't any limit to the number of searches one can do while still assuring oneself that it is diligent journalistic research. Take the usual run-of-the-mill stuff, for example, like comparing "Java" and ".NET": java .net But the real apples-to-apples c... (more)

Agitar Delivers Java Unit Testing Solution, Receives Nod for IBM'S RSVP

Agitar, a provider of enterprise unit testing, has integrated AgitarOne to Java unit testing—with the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0, desktop products. Unit testing is the practice in which software developers create tests for their code as they write it, helping to ensure that the code works correctly. AgitarOne claims to bring simplicity to Java unit testing by automating the generation of JUnit tests, supporting interactive exploratory testing on Java code, and helping developers eliminate error-prone coding patterns. The integration of AgitarOne and the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0, desktop products, complements IBM's current offerings for testing with a unit testing solution that increases developer productivity, improves code quality, and helps companies be more agile. The validation of AgitarOne to the Ready for IBM Rational ... (more)

SOA Vendor Nexaweb Stresses AJAX and Composite Java EE Apps

Nexaweb Technologies says it is helping Java, J2EE, Flash, Swing, Struts, JSF, and SWT software developers quickly and easily build next-generation Ajax and composite applications. "Nexaweb is an advanced player amongst suppliers of Rich Internet Application platforms," said Alan Rodger, Research Analyst, Butler Group in a Technology Audit covering the Nexaweb Platform, published as part of the analyst company's Rich Web Applications report. He continues, "The Nexaweb Platform provides excellent, enterprise-class facilities throughout its powerful range of development and deployment capabilities, and is very strongly standards-based." Integration with the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) architecture has been a consistent focus for Nexaweb since its inception in 2000, the company says. This commitment to support the investment in this architecture by thousands of en... (more)

SYS-CON Media Announces 2007 SOA World Reader's Choice Awards

SYS-CON Media (, the world's leading i-technology media and events company, has announced the winners of its 2007 SOAWorld Readers' Choice Awards. The awards recognize the best tools, solutions, and education offerings in fully 20 categories. Winners were selected through reader-submitted nominations, followed by online voting at SOAWorld (, the world’s leading source of SOA news and information. The awards were announced following the SOAWorld Conference and Expo 2007 East, produced by SYS-CON Events June 25-27 in New York. "We applaud all of today's winners and finalists on their achievement in winning our Readers' Choice Award," said Roger Strukhoff, Editorial Director and Group Publisher of SYS-CON Media. "SOA adoption throughout enterprise IT worldwide is a fast-growing yet complex phenomenon. Our readers are in the ... (more)

SOA Secures Enterprise-Grade Social Networking

Social networking – not a new idea for the twenty-something generation – but an idea that has finally crossed over into the corporate boardroom thanks to customer demand and open standards technologies built on service-oriented architectures (SOA). With 20% of employees at large companies now contributing to blogs, social networks, Wikis, and other Web 2.0 services (according to IDC in a survey of 197 workers), the trend is no surprise, with companies finding ways to capitalize on this activity with their own in-house social networks. Such activities have grown, in part, due to an awareness of the competitive advantages organizations can gain by incorporating more interactive and context-aware collaboration capabilities. These capabilities have originated from consumer-led Internet activities, such as Wikipedia, Google Search, and Amazon. Business leade... (more)

"A Little SOA Goes A Long Way" Explained at SOA World Conference & Expo

Kyle Gabhart, a subject matter expert specializing in Service-Oriented technologies and currently serving as the Director of SOA Technology for Web Age Solutions, gave a highly entertaining and informative session this morning at SOA World Conference & Expo 2007 in San Francisco, where SOA and virtualiation and related issues are center-stage for the next 48 hours. "Many organizations make the faulty assumption that SOA is a panacea that can and should be applied to every situation," Gabhart observed. "The reality is that service orientation is not the right answer for every scenario. The expense of service orientation cannot always be recouped and in some cases service orientation can actually do more harm than good." Gabhart then introduced the subject of selective service orientation and how to go about effectively governing the service orientation of the enterpris... (more)

SOA World - Exclusive Q&A with Dr Adam Kolawa, Co-founder & CEO of Parasoft

“Developers need to realize that Automated Defect Prevention benefits them," says Parasoft co-founder & CEO Dr Adam Kolawa in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON Media's Java Developer's Journal. "But they won’t start recognizing this until they see that they have less work," Kolawa continues. The key to success, he adds, is to have an infrastructure handle as much work as possible. "This way, developers have time to focus on the creative tasks they enjoy most...the ones that truly require human intelligence." View Dr Kolawa on SYS-CON.TV Read Dr Kolawa's Articles “Developers need to realize that [ADP] benefits them. But they won’t start recognizing this until they see that they have less work.” -- Dr Adam Kolawa, Co-Founder & CEO of Parasoft Dr Adam Kolawa is the coauthor of the recently published Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management (Wiley... (more)