To paraphrase, "I come not to praise the Browser, but to bury it." Because
the cold hard fact of application development is that the browser needs to
die. Immediately. It's already caused more than enough damage. This may seem
to be a harsh statement. After all, the browser was responsible for the
explosion of the Internet. It serves many useful purposes and people do
billions of dollars worth of business through it every year. Seemingly, I
should be praising the browser, not calling for its execution.
Nevertheless, the browser needs to go, and we all know it. It's the dirty
secret of the IT world, one we never like to talk about - as a mechanism for
delivering a GUI, the browser stinks.
Stinks isn't even a strong enough word. The browser was intended to deliver
text across the Internet, and it's good at that. So good that people began to
piggyback other things onto... (more)
It's sometimes funny to write about service-oriented architecture. One of the
things I say often and believe is that you can't buy a service-oriented
architecture. SOA is not just technology, it's philosophy, organizational
change, and business transformation. There's no place to buy that kind of
dramatic, deeply impacting change.
The funny part, at least to me, is that you can, however, buy or acquire a
good deal of infrastructure to set this up from a single source. In the
industry, we call that a platform. And that's what this month's issue is
about - SOA platforms.
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)
You know, I love an election year. The drama, the emotion, the positioning,
it all makes me think about running for office myself - or at least going
through the motions to generate a large war chest that I can dip into (I AM
from New Jersey, it's a time-honored tradition). Oh, wait a minute this isn't
an election year. Not that you'd know it from the slew of politicians tossing
their hats in the ring. I guess it's a good idea to get in the race early if
you're aiming for the brass ring.
Service Oriented Architecture is a complicated endeavor: it provides great
flexibility in im... (more)
Are you nimble enough? That seems to be the new buzzword in the Internet
world. Nimble. Nimbleness. Nimbler. My development team is nimbler than
yours. Being nimble is the name of the game today. It's not enough to be good
developers, we've got to be quick developers.
What's driving this? What's wrong with the way we've been doing business? I
can name that tune in two words the Internet. The sensationalism
surrounding each new dot.com IPO has created a market in which the business
plan is to be first at any cost. Many of the companies going public nowadays
have a business plan... (more)