The Classics Keep Getting Better
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A Classic - The Dirty Mac, plays the blues
I found a real gem on YouTube. If you’re a classic rock and blues fan, this one “takes the cake”. It’s a clip from a show called the Rock and Roll Circus – Featuring… a band called “The Dirty Mac”. The band includes John Lennon on rhythm and vocals, Eric Clapton on lead, Keith Richards on bass (didn’t know Keith played bass or was ever young) and Mitch Mitchell (from Jimmy Hendrix’s band) on drums. It just doesn’t get better than this…
Or does it? I was talking to Ian Mitchell, one of our lead CICS architects about what the CICS team has been up to. (No, Ian is not related to Mitch Mitchell from the Hendrix band - but he is equally talented). Let me tell you a little about why I'm so excited.
I’ve shared my passion regarding the subject of RESTful SOA. The CICS team is taking this pretty seriously. They are doing a number of things related to REST and ATOM enabling CICS. For starters, the CICS team is providing RESTful remote access to CICS system management capabilities using ATOM. It gets more interesting when they add REST-enablement to CICS managed data. With the REST support in CICS, a developer can use both ATOM Syndication and ATOM Publishing Protocol as means to view (primarily) and update CICS application data. We are hoping to release these capabilities soon via a support pack. There is a great opportunity once all CICS resources have URLs and an XML representation. For example, the synergy with a tagging service is going to be very powerful.
CICS is also participating in complex event processing (CEP). We are developing a capability to "feed" our CEP engine with events from CICS applications. The objective here is to enable customers to get more information out of existing CICS apps with minimum disruption.
The classics keep getting better, for sure.