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Frank Cohen's Blog This morning I received a message from TechTarget telling me that SearchWebServices.com is renaming itself to SearchSOA.com. According to TechTarget the move is in line with a shift of attitudes and efforts within the application development community. As I've written many times, SOA is not Web Services. This move is a signal that application developers are voting with their feet. I wish TechTarget well. -Frank --- Email from Mark Walter of TechTarget: In 2001, the application development community was focused on web services. The buzz was all around SOAP-based inter-application connections, and best practices for designing an optimal underlying architecture were largely viewed as an afterthought. Since then, we've seen the market shift considerably. Service-oriented architecture is a top-of-mind concern for IT architects and managers. In fact,... (more)

First Major Overhaul of Jython in Four Years Announced

Frank Cohen's Blog Jython 2.2 is the first major overhaul of the Jython dynamic scripting language in 4 years. Jython 2.2 implements the internal architecture of Python 2.2 and includes numerous features from Python 2.3. Jython is a Java implementation of the Python language. It allows users to compile Python source code to Java byte codes, and run the resulting bytecodes on any Java Virtual Machine. Jython 2.2 has support for most of Python 2.2 and numerous features from Python 2.3. The new release - the first major overhaul in 4 years - includes many major changes: new-style c... (more)

Ubuntu 1, Windows 0

Frank Cohen's Blog PushToTest is setting up a new test lab to check builds of TestMaker. We bought Toshiba Satellite (A216) laptops for the lab. We tried installing Windows XP over the pre-installed Windows Vista. Toshiba does not provide XP device drivers for the laptop and they actively discouraged me in doing so in a support call. In the end I found no way to get the network adaptor to function under Windows XP and had to reinstall Vista. This made me wonder how much work is involved in producing XP drivers for a laptop? I installed Ubuntu on the Toshiba laptop. Ubuntu instal... (more)

Oracle Buys BEA, Sun Buys MySQL: What's the Future for Developers?

Frank Cohen's Blog Rod Johnson of Spring fame has posted The Power of Adoption: Why No Company is Big Enough to Deny Developers What They Want to talk about two big software company acquisitions that were announced today. Oracle announced it is buying BEA. And Sun announced it bought MySQL. For BEA, I was hoping they would succeed at combining the power of JRockit with AquaLogic to build scalable workflow (ala BPM) services. Instead, we users and developers will be waiting for years to see WebLogic and AquaLogic integrated into the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. For MySQL, I was ... (more)

SOA Comparison Kit For Oracle, IBM, BEA, and TIBCO Platforms

This morning I am glad to introduce you to a new set of resources to help surface scalability and performance issues in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA.) The SOA Knowledge and Performance Kit is a free open-source resource to show you what it really takes to build services using today's leading SOA development platforms. The Kit delivers an SOA use case design, source code to the implementations of the use case on Oracle, IBM, BEA, and TIBCO platforms, developer journals describing our experiences step-by-step, a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator, and performance and s... (more)