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Hypermedia WTF?!

My latest article is up on InfoQ. I hope it help demystifies the “Hypermedia as the engine of application state” constraint just a little bit.

When your family tree, isn’t

I remember being a bit of a smart-ass nerd in high school, and taking pleasure in deriving novel insults my friends and I could deliver at the stoner-types, or anybody who else who crossed paths with us. The more difficult it was for them to understand why it was an insult, the better. So when… Read More »

REST vs SOAP, the personal cost

I’ve been thinking about writing this for some time now. In fact, it’s probably way overdue. But there’s no better time than the present, as they say. I’ve had enough. I’m not participating in any more “REST vs. SOAP” discussions. When I started on this mission to educate those who didn’t understand how the Web… Read More »

The bad old days

Tim recalls; I remember the days when it was basically just Mark Baker and me shouting “The WS-King has no WS-clothes and there are WS-bleeding-sores on his WS-butt!” One of these days, I should put together a little retrospective on the past 7-8 years: the players, the converts, the milestone moments, etc… Stay tuned.

And … we’re back

Well, that was frustrating. (Very) Long story short, motherboard & hard drive running this weblog are simultaneously fried a few weeks ago. I then discover my weblog backup system stopped working earlier this year (you may have noticed the most “recent” post from April). Luckily though, I’m able to scrape off enough of the WordPress… Read More »

Users and self-description

I’ve had a couple of conversations recently – one online and one off – that both centered around an important aspect of distributed computing that is often overlooked: the role of users in determining message semantics. When we write and deploy software, either client or server, it is easily forgotten that this software has been… Read More »

Only the best, detest

While reading the comments in Steve’s initial ESB post, I spotted a paragraph that nailed the elephant-in-the-room meta issue on the head; Its funny but so few people who also use ESB and WS-* style protocols and tools frequently operate with such disdain for other ways of doing things. There are, of course, a very… Read More »

Vinoski recommends

I’m with Stefan. Steve Vinoski’s always been somebody you want to listen very carefully to regarding distributed computing and enterprise integration, but even more so now that he’s left the employ of a company with skin in that game. That message isn’t entirely new, it’s just more obviously the message 8-)

Fence sitting arguments

Mark Little responds to an interesting post by Bill Burke about compensation based transactions. I don’t really have any direct response to the gist of that discussion, but wanted to highlight a couple of Mark’s arguments that I consider to be probably the top two arguments by those who feel there’s value in both the… Read More »

A little REST and Reaffirmation

Seems like folks are excited about Roy’s upcoming ApacheCon talk. The title – A little REST and Relaxation – is the same title as the keynote (video) he gave at Jazoon this summer, so I assume it’ll be similar if not the same (hopefully a bit longer, as Roy’s obviously rushed for time in the… Read More »