Monthly Archives: January 2004

So right and yet so wrong

A really bizarre article on IEEE Spectrum. I say bizarre, because it totally nails the problem (linking databases), yet totally flubs the solution (Web services). If you want to open up your databases and link them together, look no further than the Semantic Web. Update; yes, I know it’s a pro-Semantic-Web article, I’m just pointing… Read More »

Now departing Grid. Next stop, Web.

Via Savas (subscribed!), I’m following a lot of the discussion regarding the recent Grid/Web-services “unification” specs, WSRF. Good stuff! These folks are even closer to having their Web gestalt moment I believe, as they’re now talking about “stateful resources” (now where have I heard of those before?) in the context of integrating two different systems,… Read More »

SOA, distributed objects, etc..

Lots of distributed object, SOA, Web, Web services talk going on recently … Dare Obasanjo on Web/SOA; What Don and the folks on the Indigo team are trying to do is apply the lessons learned from the Web solving problems traditionally tackled by distributed object systems. I know they’re trying to do that, but what… Read More »

BEEP vs. Web "hacks"

Chris Ferris writes, regarding BEEP and HTTP; The BEEP protocol offers much richer message exchange patterns than does HTTP, enabling the likes of publish/subscribe, one request/N responses, etc. without having to resort to hacks. I’m not a fan of BEEP, primarily because I see little value in standardizing at that layer (OSI layers 5 and… Read More »

Peter Coffee on Javaspaces

Via service-orientated-architecture, a good article, with a great point; Having a JavaSpaces foundation makes it possible to tackle the modernization of an enterprise application portfolio in a distributed fashion. It becomes possible to modernize front ends without petrifying back ends by agreeing on an abstract middle layer to which all the actual IT assets can… Read More »


Yikes, I awoke this morning to about 100 new emails, 42 of which were this beast. And those were just the ones that evaded the spam filter. It also constituted about a third of the 200 or so spams caught by my filters. I’ve never been hit so hard.

Inversion of Control; my 2c

Via Ted, Stefano’s trying to trace the history of the inversion-of-control pattern (well, I think it’s a pattern at least 8-) used in frameworks. I used it in my own work in ’94/95 when I first got into C++, and shortly thereafter with Java in the summer of ’95. But it was perhaps late ’95… Read More »

Another stab at reinventing the Web

I’m sure I sound like a broken record (there’s another case too, but I can’t find it, doh) on this subject, but another group has just taken a stab at reinventing substantial portions of the Web (poorly). This time, it’s presented as a Web-services-meets-the-Grid solution, and ironically, I think they nail the basics of a… Read More »

Not hot

Apparently, in the whats-hot-whats-not department, Web services are not.

XML namespace dispatching with application/xml

Norm’s playing around with media types. This one is served with application/xml. Let’s have a look at what should happen in a perfect world if XHTML is served with that media type. RFC 3023 says; An XML document labeled as text/xml or application/xml might contain namespace declarations, stylesheet-linking processing instructions (PIs), schema information, or other… Read More »