It’s live!
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In a comment on a
pro-REST, anti-SOA post,
this gem;

REST has the potential to transform and simplify data exchange using many of the same idioms that have been maturing with the Web for 11 years. In my opinion, SOAP has the potential to…keep us shackled to outdated architectural ideas.


My wife got a
from work a few weeks ago, so, no longer needing her existing
mobile phone, I called our carrier,
to cancel it, which
was handled promptly and without comment by Rogers, except to ask why
we were leaving (expected, of course). Fast forward to last Friday,
when I receive a bill with a surprise C$200 charge due to “Early
contract termination”. Ouch!

First thing this morning, I’m on the phone to them. As I’m waiting for
a service rep, I’m contemplating various plans of attack for what will
surely be an awkward-at-best conversation. The rep picks up a minute or
two later, asks about the problem to which I provide a brief synopsis of
the situation. I did sign a contract, which had almost another
year left, but when I informed her that nobody mentioned a cancellation
charge at the time I cancelled – and without skipping a beat – she responds
“I apologize Mr. Baker – we’ll refund that right away”!

Gosh, that was unexpected, but very welcome. Thanks, Rogers.

“Above all, it is precisely the elastic quality of a term like “Web services” that will guarantee its secure place in the i-Technology lexicon for decades to come.” s/elasticity/ambiguity
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“This is an entity that does not want to be eaten alive, dead or otherwise.”. Wow.
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After at least one aborted attempt,
and I were finally able to get together for drinks.
We met up at one of my old hang outs,
Gordon Biersch
in Palo Alto. He even brought along a couple of other
Systinet management types;
Wendell Lansford and
Roman Stanek.
I think Roman set a record for most times asking the waitress
for a few more minutes with the menu (4?); a sure sign that we were
all fully engaged in conversation and beer.

Thanks for the drinks, guys!

I’ll be doing sporadic booth duty at the
booth this week at
Oracle OpenWorld.
If you’re there, please stop by and say hi! Booth #1042.

If you’re not there, and I know you, drop me a line and I might be able
to get you a pass (so I’m told).

Slick! RSS pre-fetching. In-place editing. In-place layout. My only critique; an URL for my page would be nice.
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