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Sean Rhody

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Back in the old days, when you needed to communicate with someone distant, you usually had to send a letter. There was no instant response, and there was no way to tell when your message was received. Now we have always-on e-mail, BlackBerrys, and assorted other devices to make what was once a leisurely (or agonizingly slow) process instantaneous, and synchronous. This issue is about the battle of two idioms - instant, synchronous communication, as championed by the Remote Procedure Call; and asynchronous communication (which may still be instantaneous, but doesn't have to be), represented by the message-based camp. Web services is about communication, plain and simple. Two (or even more) computers work together to accomplish a task, sometimes directed by human beings, sometimes working based on some program. To work together, the computers exchange information. Web... (more)

SOA Web Services Journal Editorial — The SOA Dichotomy

As editor, I review a great many proposals for articles. A good portion of them deal with SOA, which is to be expected. When I review them, I'm reminded that there are two very different views of SOA, which in my opinion are both equally true. I call this the SOA Dichotomy, because these views seemingly contradict one another. One of the views is that SOA makes things easier for the enterprise. Certainly this view has a great deal of merit and validity. Fully realized a service-oriented architecture allows an organization to fully leverage their investment in the real intellectu... (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)

It's a Wireless, Wireless World

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 applicati... (more)

Animal Farm

There's a lot going on in the world of Web services these days, so much so that it's almost hard to keep track of it. And there is definitely enough to make it difficult to make sense of competing initiatives. But it certainly makes for interesting watching. Case in point is the Web Services Interoperability organization (WS-I). Chartered as an open standards group whose purpose is to increase the interoperability of Web services across platforms, languages, and systems, the group counts IBM, BEA, and Microsoft amongst its members. So where, you ask, is Java founder and J2EE spe... (more)