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Sean Rhody

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This is my first note to let everyone know about the plans for our very own, SYS-CON-sponsored JavaEdge2001 International Java Developer Conference & Expo. This year's conference will be held in New York City from September 23 to September 26. As a corporation, SYS-CON has committed to providing leading-edge information, training, and exhibits in a number of areas that we serve via publications. In addition to the JavaEdge conference, we've also scheduled conferences for XML (XMLEdge2001), wireless (WirelessEdge2002), Linux (LinuxEdge2002), and ColdFusion (ColdFusionEdge2002). It's our plan to offer developers, managers, and businesspeople additional choices and opportunities to meet vendors, understand technology, network with their peers, and leverage the resources of the entire Java community. This year I have the honor of serving as technical chairman for the J... (more)

SOA World Editorial — Getting on the Grid

One of the most interesting aspects of being a consultant is that I get exposed to any number of different facets of system design in the course of an assignment. While I tend to focus more on application and integration work, I find it fascinating to deal with the concepts of services in the context of infrastructure. In the past, I've been called upon to design Service-Oriented Infrastructures (SOI) - the hardware and platform software, along with customizations for the needs of the actual deployment environment - instead of creating an application architecture. SOI is really ... (more)

Technologists Are No Longer Speaking in Tongues

Recently I had a chance to do some training in France. I participated in a week of coursework with classmates from all over the world. Some were from France, Spain, Holland, Sweden, and England; others were from even further - the United States and even India. To say the least, it was an eye-opening experience and dramatic evidence that standards and interoperability are important in all aspects of our work as technologists. Early on in our journey to a service-oriented enterprise we began to realize that for services to work, truly work, they had to be standards based, and, mor... (more)

Why Superman Works Alone

Toward the end of the last Batman movie, when Robin is giving Batman a hard time, George Clooney gets fed up and says, "This is why Superman works alone." While I'm often tempted to think along the same lines, the reality of our business is that we work in teams. This leads to the topic of this month's diatribe: team development. Large-scale software development is a complex process. The majority of it takes place in a corporate environment that requires rigor and process. The most familiar of these processes is usually the task of obtaining the blessing of the DBA for your datab... (more)

Process Improvements

One of the nice things about working for a large consulting company is that I have access to our strategic services department. These are the people who help develop strategies for our clients and research industry trends and conditions. I recently spoke with a few of our folks who are concentrating on the business-to-business (B2B) market. This discussion was part of what fueled this month's column. Last year's hottest trend in B2B, the Net market, has cooled down considerably, for a couple of reasons. First is the general trend in the market for business plans with a concrete ... (more)