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The Web Services Hype?

Posted by daniel on January 9, 2004 at 10:23 AM PST

With the Web Services hammer by your side, does everything look like a nail?

In Projects and Communities, Michael Nascimento Santos asks "what are webservices meant to be used for?" in his blog entry Stop the hype about webservices! He argues that "Webservices are generally not the right technology for integrating two systems written in Java [nor for ] integrating two systems for which there are better forms of integration." He suggests that "using webservices might be wise; if you are integrating with .NET". Already readers are taking issue with this piece in his feedback section. Feel free to join in the discussion.

Web Services amounts to an agreement on the protocol. One alternative is to agree that there will be a particular platform and type system (say Java) at both ends. This is an example of where the use of Jini may be a good solution. The Jini Community notes that Bill Venners was the recipient of the Jini Community Contributor's Award in recognition of "his long history and numerous significant contributions to the Jini Community."

In today's Weblogs , Kathy Sierra encourages you to Rekindle your passion for programming. You can't help but get caught up in Kathy's enthusiasm. She describes how going to conferences recharges her batteries and lists the conferences that she particularly likes. She invites your feedback for favorite conferences and ends with the following interesting and important thought:

So, some might say that it's an employer's job to keep that spark going, by paying for the development of the developers. And I believe that this is one of the best investments an employer can make. But I'm not willing to make my level of personal passion dependent on my employer. Yes, my employer DOES benefit by the enhanced quality and productivity and creativity that comes from my having attended these conferences, both from a learning-new-things and feeling-more-excitement perspective. But if my employer's too short-sighted to see that, I'm doing it anyway. I'm doing it for the quality of MY daily life.

In Also in Java Today Allen Holub is back with More on getters and setters. The crux of this article is "If an object may not expose implementation information (through get/set methods or by any other means), then it stands to reason that an object must somehow create its own user interface. That is, if the way that an object's attributes are represented is hidden from the rest of the program, then you can't extract those attributes in order to build a UI."

The JDJ has published Sun CEO Scott McNealy's 2004 Predictions . McNealy writes "Everyone and everything with a digital, electrical, or biological heartbeat, and even inert objects, will continue to be connected to the network in growing numbers." He cautions that "4 just may be the year when a virus or some other kind of attack causes a network outage on a global scale that could do some real damage to the economy." He also shares his thoughts on the economic outlook, the future for licensing models, and what he predicts to be a shift from data centers being built from disparate parts.

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