So everyone’s abuzz about the Google Application Engine. Is it a me-too play on Amazon Web Services? Is this gonna get ugly? (Bloggers love it when it gets ugly!) Here’s the low-down according solely to moi: Amazon is playing the services game; Google is playing the application environment game. Put more simply: one is doing [...]
posted by vanessa on April 8th, 2008 under SOA
It seems my earlier post “The Long Tail of Web Services” is getting some traffic from links here and here. At least someone is willing to put their money where my mouth is Since that original post, Amazon has come out with yet another service (still in limited beta) called Amazon SimpleDB. This is a [...]
Google is a “global technology leader”, the tech company to watch in the 21st century; and Amazon is an online retailer—so 1999. Right? A casual perusal of the blogosphere and IT news sites would seem to suggest such a consensus. Amazon gets occassional kudos for its web services initiatives like the Simple Queue Service (SQS), [...]
Along with a significant minority of developers, I never believed that SOAP and WS-* based Web Services were going to be a practical way of constructing loosely-coupled, Internet-scale distributed applications—let alone the architectural answer to everything. (Hint: once people begin discussing the notion that human-readability and -writability are unnecessary as long as there is “adequate [...]
Now this is interesting: a Content-Based Routing Service from Systinet. Finally a way to truly decouple service providers from service requestors (in a web services-friendly way). The idea of subscribing to SOAP documents by content as a method of service invocation has been kicking around for a while in the context of XML-document-based, Linda-like systems. [...]
While thinking about the differences between the Web and Linda (or REST and generative communication, if you prefer), I found this paper (pdf) from 1999 in which the authors propose replacing the current web architecture with a new one based on a Linda-like coordination language. Despite its dated-ness and a number of flaws, it’s a fascinating alternate vision. Read the full post.