I have not written a blog entry in a couple months. To tell you the truth, I struggle with blogging. I consider myself a private person in many aspects of my life. It is funny that my role at work is forcing me to be more 'social' than I would normally be. I like people, don't get me wrong, but the social web takes social skills.
Anyone who knows me knows I can talk one on one. Once I get started, it is hard to shut me up. But in crowds I tend to like to move to the back and observe.
It is funny, when I go to my parents house with my wife and kids, my wife and parents dominate the conversation. I do try to get a word in edge wise, but I find myself out quickly. Part of that is because my Father and Wife just interrupt me. So I have become used to it. I actually leave the room and play with my kids and my sister's kids like a big kid myself.
I started to think about the reason, and I found that the conversation actually does not interest me. They talk about 'so and so' over here, and that person over there, typically called gossiping, which I do not like to do (and the Bible, since I am a Christian, actually discourages it).
So relating that to the 'social web', one can very quickly find that if you are in the wrong community, you may not have much to say. Now, I have a lot to say about Web 2.0, Middleware, etc... so there are other things.
I look at social websites like Facebook. I have an account, with friends. They all post a lot of pictures, send virtual gifts, and other types of applications. I do not like these things too much. First off, I would much rather receive a real gift. Also, I don't like posting pictures of my family. I seem to think the web has a lot of security problems and the pictures wind up in some sick-o site. The status feature is interesting, except, do I want the world to know what I am doing. Though I enjoy reading what others are doing. I have found the scrabble app as cool, and I play a lot with my wife, so that is fun.
I like to share, I try to teach my kids this all the time. But do I want to share what I am doing, or where I am flying?
I think it comes down to is I like to interact with people face to face, I like being around people and listening to them more than talking, and I like to contribute what I know, but not every single thing I am doing. I also like to work in smaller groups of people.
But what about more 'private' people. Maybe they are read only members of the social web.
This is a rant I know, and I am going to post next on a technical topic. But isn't this what blogging is suppose to be about?
Anyway, it takes 'social' skills to be on the social web. This is something I have to work on I guess.
MobileFirst, API's, and PaaS - Field Perspective
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I have just finished 5 straight weeks of conferences starting with IBM Impact and finishing last week at the WebSphere Services Technical Conference which is an internal conference. I am glad it finished. Last week, my book, Persistence in the Enterprise was released.
Besides myself, my coauthors are Geoff Hambrick, Kyle Brown, Robert Peterson, and Kulvir Bhogal. The book focuses on the persistence layer of an application. The first half of the book is primarily focused on things like requirements (persistence focused), design, best practices, and criteria for selecting a persistence layer. The second half of the book focuses on implementing those using 5 different technologies: JDBC, IBatis, Hibernate, OpenJPA, and pureQuery.[Read More]
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So for my first post, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Roland Barcia, but a lot of people call me Roly. I work for IBM Software Services for WebSphere . I am a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) and Lead Web 2.0 Architect for my group. My focus is to help customers apply Web 2.0 concepts using our SWG, specifically in the WebSphere Brand. I specialize in various platforms, including the new Project Zero Platform, The Web 2.0 Feature Pack for WebSphere , the EJB 3 Feature Pack, and other areas such as WebSphere MQ or DataPower in the context of Web 2.0.
I am going to post on Web 2.0 topics related to middleware, specifically building services around REST, data access in a web 2.0 context, Ajax Patterns, and anything else related to Web 2.0 that may apply. I will talk about technologies like Project Zero and the Dojo Toolkit, and comment generally on what I see people doing in the Web 2.0 space, and try to be as objective as possible.
My latest entries can also be seen on the new Developer Works Project Zero Space.
I hope you enjoy my blog!
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A Beta Driver of the new Google Browser has been released for Windows (which leaves us MAC users waiting to try it.) There has been a lot of blogs and comments on the new browser so I am not going to discuss a laundry list of features, but focus in on the application centric approach.
I love that each tab is it's own process, and that application isolation can be achieved on the client. One thing I love about Web 2.0 and Ajax is the focus on applications. Having your desktop run different apps rather than one monolithic browser process obviously solves a lot of issues.
By the way, this is exactly the model that WebSphere sMash (Project Zero) has for applications on the server. Every application runs in its own process, and you do not deploy an app to a server, you just run the app, which is the server.
Today, I just released a new article (with Steve Ims as a co-author) on WebSphere sMash (this is actually a rewrite of last years article we did on P0, but with the latest driver and tools). We discuss application centric design of sMash in the article.
The google browser model matches what we have been doing with WebSphere sMash and Project Zero on the server. I can definitely see an architecture where applications running on the desktop call applications in the cloud that service them (or are bound to them as shown in the figure below).
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I just published part 2 of my article series that I am writing with Steve Ims. It is titled RESTful Applications in an SOA. In it, we show building a RESTful Application around Energy Incentives. We illustrate different concepts of the Project Zero Programming Model:
*Building RESTful Services with the Data Access API's*Securing RESTful resources with Zero security*Restful Documentation*Zero Resource Model (ZRM)*Zero client programming model.*Dojo Grid Usage with Zero.
This is actually a scaled down example of the Incentive Finder component within the website called energycommons.com. Currently this site is in Beta and we are making many more enhancements to improve the usability and function.
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Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope everyone has a blessed new year.
The WebSphere Web 2.0 Feature Pack is now officially production ready.
** API's for exposing Java EE applications using JSON , JSON-RPC , and ATOM .* An Ajax Proxy which allows you to deal with cross domain security issues.* Ajax Messaging Bridge for extending your Messaging based Bus to the browser. This can be used to support COMet patterns.* Ajax Development support, which includes the Dojo Toolkit and some more widgets for Dojo that we provide.
The FP can be used with WAS 6.1, WAS 6.0, or WAS CE 2.0.
A few weeks ago, I posted on how the EJB 3 FP and the Web 2.0 FP can be used together to provide a simplified Programming Model for the Enterprise.
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The WebSphere EJB 3 Feature Pack has GA'ed.
You can download it for free and install it on WAS 6.1.
You may also want to use the Web 2.0 FP as a way to expose your EJB 3 based solutions to Web 2.0 platforms like Project Zero. The Web 2.0 FP provides API's for exposing Enterprise Components via JSON, XML, or Atom. In addition, the Ajax Proxy component of the Feature Pack can help Dojo Applications invoke other services without worrying about the cross-domain issue.
The EJB 3 FP + the Web 2.0 FP I believe gives you a nice programming model for exposing some of your Enterprise Components via JSON based services. Below is an example of an Enterprise Application Model. I have seen more and more departmental apps (usually written in something like PHP or Ruby) need to access Enterprise Services. Project Zero makes it easy to invoke HTTP based services and build quick websites with REST Based Services, Dojo, Zero Resource Modeling, Rich client eventing and feed/rest assemblies. The main programming languages for Zero are Groovy and PHP.
Of course with Ajax Patterns, you may have to think about how chatty you want to be between the browser and the server. These are general concerns for most Ajax applications when exposing data.[Read More]