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Sean Rhody

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I had the opportunity recently to speak at a Microsoft event on Web 2.0. It was an interesting evening, with speakers from several organizations discussing various issues and strategies that could be used to move the bar forward on the Web. Now if you're a faithful reader, you've seen me rant every so often about the inadequacies of browser technology when it comes to delivering applications over the Internet. The advantages are well known - zero footprint, controlled install base, etc., but the disadvantages have been known to drive me crazy. Anyone who's ever hit the back button after kicking off some process and had it end up completely botched knows exactly what I'm talking about. So the things that I saw at the conference really made me feel better about the future of human interaction with applications. Not just from a browser perspective either, although tech... (more)

Pattern Matching

When I first graduated (well, actually, the second time) I had an offer from a company for a programming job. They were going to hire me, contingent upon my passing the IBM Programmer's Aptitude Test. So one day I drove my college junk heap an hour out of my way to take this test. I had to get an "A" to get the job. I was nervous, but once I got the test, I realized I needn't have worried - it was all about patterns. It's both a relief and a disappointment in the programming business that nothing is really new. We keep solving the same old problems, sometimes in new ways, or wit... (more)

SOA Web Services Editorial: Lego My SOA

Just about every publication, marketing brochure, and IT commercial currently on parade for your enjoyment contains some mention of service-oriented architecture. If products were still sold in boxes, instead of downloaded, you would see a bright sticker on the box saying "New and Improved: Now with SOA." Instead of Fuller brushes, today's sales wiz now pushes SOA - it's good for what ails you. Now don't get me wrong - I'm more or less in favor of SOA, although I do believe there are times when it is inappropriate for use. But after all, this is a magazine devoted to SOA, so as ... (more)

The Last Mile in SOA - Taming the User Interface

Last month I wrote about the future, what might be ahead for SOA and beyond, focusing significantly on user interfaces. This month I'm still thinking about user interfaces and the impact they have on the final judge of any SOA project - the end user. If you've read my editorials over the past few years, you're aware I'm an absolute opponent of the browser as a means of delivering applications. I think it's terrific at what it's made for - delivering content - and has been extended in ways that make it something its original inventors never dreamed of, but at the end of the day, ... (more)

SOA and Services

When I was a kid, which seems like just yesterday (and no comments from the peanut gallery), I loved playing with LEGO, making imaginary ray guns, space ships, and other things that amuse the average boy. LEGO's popularity and longevity have to be due in no small part to the ability to assemble a new creation from basic components. Mashups are the IT version of LEGO (or at least the creations we used to make with all the little blocks). They are part of the breakthrough we've been waiting for in the user interface space for quite some time. Our interfaces had become boring, and ... (more)