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Sean Rhody

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Recently I had a chance to do some training in France. I participated in a week of coursework with classmates from all over the world. Some were from France, Spain, Holland, Sweden, and England; others were from even further - the United States and even India. To say the least, it was an eye-opening experience and dramatic evidence that standards and interoperability are important in all aspects of our work as technologists. Early on in our journey to a service-oriented enterprise we began to realize that for services to work, truly work, they had to be standards based, and, more important, those standards had to trump implementation, so that the services would interoperate as well. In our training class, English was the language standard for speaking as well as writing. This made sense, as English seemed to be the one language that the class all had in common. The ... (more)

Web Services: “It's already here...but there's a lot more coming” WSJ-IN Covers the Next Generation Web Services Conference i

(San Francisco, January 28, 2002) WSJ-IN traveled to the West coast, to cover the Next Generation Web Services Conference sponsored by InfoWorld Media, which was held in San Francisco. Web services was the topic on everyone’s mind at this well-attended show, and the two-day event was packed with information and opinions from some of the leaders in this space. Keynotes from several industry figures, such as James Gosling, Adam Bosworth, Barry Morris, and Eric Rudder, set the pace for Web services, one which could best be described as “It’s already here, but there’s a lot more comi... (more)

The End of the Beginning

I guess the title begs the question, if this is the end of the beginning, is it the beginning of the end? Hardly. But it is time to close the book on the first phase of Web services - the beginning of the hype curve. Almost a year ago we decided that Web services would receive enough attention that we should consider devoting an entire magazine to the topic. We started with two teaser issues, one of which came out this time last year, and the response was dramatic enough that it justified our existence. In fact, WSJ is one of the fastest-growing titles in the history of SYS-CON Me... (more)

Comply or Die!

At one point in my career I worked right across the street from Enron. I used to pass the big E on the sidewalk as I made my way to the account I was working on. Like most of us, the fall of Enron surprised and angered me. One consequence of the Enron scandal and other accounting irregularities was the creation of the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. This set of rules requires major corporations to ensure that their board is knowledgeable and aware of all of the ramifications of its financial position. It also makes the board members responsible and liable for financial proceedings wit... (more)

The Tool I Really Want for Christmas

As I get ready to celebrate the holidays this year, I spent a little time reflecting on what I would like from the various Web services vendors. While a case of scotch was definitely tempting, what I really want is a better toolset. To date, most of the programming tools available for building Web services have focused on the ultimate deployment platform. In other words, they've looked at the end implementation language first and tuned their work towards that. So, for example, Visual Studio aims at C# or VB, WebSphere Application Developer aims at WebSphere, and BEA WebLogic Wor... (more)