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Sean Rhody

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Wireless, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Mention wireless, and you can step back and watch the conversation spin for hours around differing definitions and approaches. In some minds, wireless is all about cell phones, and consequently is a completely consumer-oriented market. To others, wireless includes a much larger host of technologies, including things like wireless networks, PDAs, cell phones, and other embedded or proprietary devices, things like the pad UPS hands you to sign for your delivery. And to some it's a question of consumer versus industrial applications. Given this diversity within the wireless market itself, it's not surprising that the concept of Web services on wireless is one that can be interpreted in a number of ways. This is especially true in light of the fact that we can't really get one firm definition of what Web services is. ... (more)

One Year Later

We aren't a news magazine, and we don't cover current events except as they relate to our industry, so I had to think long and hard about what to say in this edition. Nevertheless, I decided that at least in my editorial, we would remember September 11th. Our premier issue was launched the week before the attack. As you may know, the publishing company is in New Jersey, a few miles from the New York border. And I live in New Jersey and work there, as well as in New York city itself. On the 11th, I was driving to West Orange, which is about 20 miles away from NYC. There's a high... (more)

SOA Web Services Journal's Sean Rhody: Hot Wheels – Web Services Management

Sean Rhody (pictured), editor-in-chief of SOA Web Services Journal, writes: I have a friend who's very into automobiles. He gets a new car every year or two - not expensive ones, but ones that can be used in stock racing (I know I'm getting the term wrong somehow) and time trials. He likes to drive and tries to get the most out of his vehicles. Recently, I went for a ride in his latest purchase. I'm used to his having computers and more gauges than the space shuttle, but somehow this one was a bit different, almost as if it were intended to get the most information to the driver.... (more)

SOA Web Services Journal - Collect(ing) Calls

I'm sitting in the airport, waiting for my end-of-week flight, and listening to the latest security controversy. Apparently the government has compiled a database of phone records as part of their fight against terrorism - the theory being that by analyzing the call patterns and using some social engineering, they might be able to identify terrorist activity. I have no idea if this is legal or not, but certainly it's something I never expected while I was using my phone. I suspect that many people besides me expected their communications to be confidential. Apparently the phone ... (more)

SOA/WSJ Editorial — SOA for SaaS

If I were a lot more paranoid than I am (well, perhaps at least a little more than I am), I might suspect that the various free e-mail programs were a social engineering attempt by the big software coalition (yes, I know, it doesn't exist) to ultimately change the way we use our computers. What does this have to do with service-oriented architecture? I'll get there, don't worry. But first, as to why would this be social engineering, let's take a look at the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS, for acronym fans). Software as a Service is not an entirely new concept, but it's one... (more)