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5 Years Later: OpenAJAX Who?

Five years ago the OpenAjax Alliance was founded with the intention of providing interoperability between what was quickly becoming a morass of AJAX-based libraries and APIs. Where is it today, and why has it failed to achieve more prominence? I... Read more
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As Client-Server Style Applications Resurface Performance Metrics Must Include the API

Mobile and tablet platforms are hyping HTML5, but many applications are bound to a traditional client-server model, making API performance a top concern for organizations. I recently received an e-mail from Strangeloop Networks with a subject... Read more
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The Stealthy Ascendancy of JSON

While everyone was focused on cloud, JSON has slowly but surely been taking over the application development worldIt looks like the debate between XML and JSON may be coming to a close with JSON poised to take the title of preferred format for web... Read more
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WILS: Controllers and Gateways

Why these two are very different but complementary technologies Have you ever wondered why one network product is called a “controller” while another seemingly similar in function solution is called a “gateway”? There’s actually a very good... Read more
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Cloud + BPM = Business Process Scalability

Cloud is more likely to make an application deployment more – not less – complex, but the benefits are ultimately worth it. I was a bit disconcerted by the notion put forward that cloud-based applications are somehow less complex than their... Read more
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The XML Security Relay Race

A recent tweet about a free, Linux-based XML Security suite reminded me that we do not opine on the subject of XML security and its importance enough. SOA has certainly been dethroned as the technology darling du jour by cloud computing and... Read more
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The XML Security Relay Race

A recent tweet about a free, Linux-based XML Security suite reminded me that we do not opine on the subject of XML security and its importance enough. SOA has certainly been dethroned as the technology darling du jour by cloud computing and... Read more
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JSON versus XML: Your Choice Matters More Than You Think

Should the enterprise standardize on JSON or XML as their lingua franca for Web 2.0 integration? Or should they use both as best fits the application?The decision impacts more than just integration – it resounds across the entire... Read more
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JSON versus XML: Your Choice Matters More Than You Think

Should the enterprise standardize on JSON or XML as their lingua franca for Web 2.0 integration? Or should they use both as best fits the application?The decision impacts more than just integration – it resounds across the entire... Read more
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AJAX and Network-Side Scripting

AJAX enables the use of network-side scripting enabled application delivery solutions to offload client-side functionality and improve capacity and performance of dynamic (Web 2.0/AJAX) applications. In the last couple of weeks I’ve embarked on a... Read more
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SOA isn't dead, but its standards are

The spirit of SOA and its core principles are still very much alive, but we can't call it SOA any more because, well, SOA is (pretty much) officially dead, at least according to folks on the tubes and we all know that if you hear it on the... Read more
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Putting the network back in social networking

A while back Joe blogged about some Twitter integration he'd done around monitoring of BIG-IP. He's  got a PERL proxy that monitors the BIG-IP and sends out notifications and alerts to a specified Twitter account. But I wanted... Read more
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SOAP vs REST: The war between simplicity and standards

SOA is, at its core, a design and development methodology. It embraces reuse through decomposition of business processes and functions into core services. It enables agility by wrapping services in an accessible interface that is decoupled fr... Read more
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Automating scalability and high availability services

There are a lot of SOA governance solutions out there that fall into two distinct categories of purpose: one is to catalog services and associated security policies and the other is to provide run-time management for services, including... Read more
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How AJAX can make a more agile enterprise

In general, we talk a lot about the benefits of SOA in terms of agility, aligning IT with the business, and risk mitigation. Then we talk about WOA (web oriented architecture) separately from SOA (service oriented architecture) but go on to... Read more
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Layer 7 Switching + Load Balancing = Layer 7 Load Balancing

Modern load balancers (application delivery controllers) blend traditional load-balancing capabilities with advanced, application aware layer 7 switching to support the design of a highly scalable, optimized application delivery network.... Read more
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We iz in ur networkz, deep inspecting ur XML packetz. Wait, what?

A recent article discussing the recent challenges to enterprise service bus (ESB) products by XML/SOA gateway products contained a sentence that I found extremely puzzling. Puzzling sentence ...the technology behind both solution-sets is based... Read more
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Load Balancing as an ESB Service

Most people, upon hearing the term "load balancing" immediately think of web and application servers deployed at the edge of the network. After all, that's where load balancing is most often used - to ensure that a public facing web... Read more
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The Fix Must Occur by Rewriting the Code. Wait, What?

This article is just full of interesting ideas. First we're told that the only way to secure Web 2.0/SOA/Web applications is to rewrite the code. This "rewrite the application code" to address any number of delivery issues -... Read more
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Web 2.0? Or Web 2.0?

As you've no doubt noticed, there is a bit of duplicate name confusion in the Web 2.0 world. Developers say "Web 2.0" and they mean SOA, dynamic binding, etc. When business people say "Web 2.0" they mean blogs, video, RSS... Read more
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The XML Gateway Sandwich

Occassionally I get to chat with the guys in the trenches about ongoing implementations involving BIG-IP. Often these involve deploying BIG-IP in front of XML/SOA gateways for load balancing and high-availability (a la failover) duties, as well a... Read more
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Performance Impact: Granularity of Services

ZapThink has a great article regarding the granularity of services; that is, how fine or coarse grained services are in terms of the services and interactions available. What is mentioned, but not highlighted, and appears to be somewhat assumed... Read more
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REST and WSDL 2.0

I read an interesting discussion on SOAP and addressing over at The 90th Percentile this morning. While the post was definitely stimulating and worthy of debate, what caught my eye was actually a comment from a reader.   Ignacio Coloma... Read more
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XML Appliance != ESB

The recent announcement of additional integration capabilities in the IBM WebSphere DataPower XI50 has given rise to speculation that perhaps the enterprise can replace its ESB with an appliance. Gary Smith over at SOA Network Architect disagrees... Read more
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WS-Context

One of the biggest challenges to service-oriented delivery of composite applications is the lack of an interoperable mechanism to support state and context. This is particularly challenging when considering that composite applications may be... Read more
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