The latest version of WebSphere Application Server, v6.1, is now available.
Check out the press release from the announcement back in April, "IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.1 delivers flexible, secure infrastructure to provide a reliable foundation for your Service Oriented Architecture." For details of the announcement, see WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Announced. One of the main differences is that WAS v6.1 runs in Java SE 5 (see IBM Java Developer Kits: Java 5 SE) whereas WAS v6.0 runs on J2SE 1.4; both WAS v6.0 and v6.1 implement J2EE 1.4.
There are the usual Base, ND, and z/OS editions. (How many J2EE app servers run on mainframes?!) There's now v6.1 documentation, including the v6.1 InfoCenter.
If you're a Passport Advantage member and licensed for the latest releases, you should be able to download WAS 6.1 now. (If you're a WAS customer/client, can you confirm that WAS 6.1 is now available for download? Please add a comment.)[Read More]
Bobby Woolf: WebSphere SOA and JEE in Practice
From archive: May 2006 X
IBM will have a webcast on May 31, Enabling SOA - WebSphere Application Server v6.1 technical overview.
The speaker is Tom Alcott, honorary ISSW member and co-author of IBM WebSphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration. (To register, you may need to have an IBM partner account.)[Read More]
Web Services Reliable Exchange (WS-RX) is intended to be a protocol for reliable message exchange using Web services.
WS-RX is a specification being developed by OASIS.
The purpose of the OASIS WS-RX TC is to define a protocol for reliable message exchanges between two Web services, through continued development of the Web Services Reliable Messaging specification submitted to the TC as referenced in this charter and to define a mechanism by which Web services express support for reliable messaging as well as other related useful parameters. This mechanism will be based upon the Web Services Reliable Messaging Policy Assertion ("WS-RM Policy") specification submitted to the TC.
Does it sound familiar? A bit like Reliable Asynchronous Messaging Profile (RAMP), perhaps? Well, that's because WS-RX is based on RAMP. So it looks like the desire for Interoperable Queued Messaging is finally coming to be.[Read More]
The developerWorks Architecture Zone has published a second compilation of blog discussions of architecture issues, "developerWorks bloggers on Architecture, Part 2." So if you're interested in discussions of SOA and such, but can't keep up with all our bloggers, here are some highlights.[Read More]
Ever wonder how currency travels between vendors and consumers?
Where's George? is a site that tracks where money pops up. The site name refers to the way a US $1 bill has a picture of George Washington in the center. I have a doller that I must have gotten as change from some vendor that had a stamp on it: "Track This Bill" and "www.wheresgeorge.com". At the site, I entered the bill's serial number and found that it originated in Sunnyvale, CA before ending up with me. It has now probably seen 2-3 cities, and as many airports, just by virtue of being in my wallet.
To see how much some bills get around, check out the Top 10 Bills Report. For example, one bill has been through Ohio, Tennassee, Florida, Texas, Utah, and now Michigan.
Check it out and have fun.[Read More]
Sun is discussing vague plans to open source Java.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz made the announcement at JavaOne. Sun describes the dilemma as how to maintain compatibility and avoid divergent versions of Java. They're committed to open-sourcing Java, but are figuring out how.
An open-source version of J2SE/JSE 5 from Sun should eliminate the need for Apache Harmony. IBM and others have called for Sun to open-source Java; looks like it may actually happen (eventually).
05/18/2006 Update: Interestingly, The Server Side ("Your Enterprise Java Community") hasn't picked up on this story. Have I gotten the story before the legion of TSS contributors?! I even submitted the story myself last night and as of this morning, they haven't posted it. There is a story on jLibrary 1.0, for example, but nothing on Sun's intentions for open source Java. Wonder why.[Read More]
I have a new wiki on developerWorks to go along with my blog.
The wiki has the same name as the blog, Bobby Woolf: WebSphere SOA and J2EE in Practice. It's one of the first developerWorks wikis, I think the first and so far only wiki by a single author.
I plan to use the wiki to cover the same topics I discuss on this blog. "So," you might ask, "why have a wiki in addition to a blog?" (I answer the question on the
What has pushed me over the edge to start publishing on a wiki is my DataPower discussion. I started it on the blog, but am now moving the documentation onto the wiki. I plan to continue talking about DataPower on the wiki, and to let you know what I've added here on the blog.
Hopefully this will make it easier for me to document what's going on with IBM, and for you to consume the information. If you have ideas on how this could work better, please let me know.[Read More]
According to a podcast: "Employers are paying a premium for SAP ABAP, IBM WebSphere skills and Java experts."
The podcast is by David Foote of Foote Partners LLC. The podcast is on the SAP section of TechTarget at "Podcast: SAP ABAP, IBM WebSphere, RFID skills pay rising."
Guess it's time for me to ask for that fat raise! :-)[Read More]
I've had the chance to learn a lot more about our new DataPower products. The more I learn, the more impressed I get.
DataPower is a company IBM acquired last year. We're still getting them integrated, including our web sites. We list them on our site, but most of the product information is still on DataPower's site.
The DataPower products are network appliances. Like an IP router or hub, it's a box; the entire interface is four Eathernet ports and a serial port (and a power cable). It's rack-mountable; its size is 1U, or about the size of a large pizza box. The software is all firmware, with flash memory for configuration settings. There's really nothing to install; you unpack it from the shipping container, plug it into the network, and start using it. You do need to enable it, and you need to configure it, which is a little like programming, but much simpler than a traditional software server like a database or a J2EE app server.
Interestingly, even though DataPower is effectively a hardware device, it's grouped as part of IBM's WebSphere brand. This is kind of an odd choice, since Systems Group is the part of IBM that makes hardware. Software Group's products come on CDs or can be downloaded, and are installed on host computers. But DataPower was added to Software Group, and specifically the WebSphere brand, because the appliances have really great synergy with our enterprise service bus (ESB) products.
As I get time, I'll talk more about what the DataPower products do and how cool and useful they are.[Read More]
In Interoperable Queued Messaging, I talked about the need for SOA to be able to invoke services over the Web using queued messaging. It turns out that IBM is working on a solution.
Reliable Asynchronous Messaging Profile 1.0 (RAMP or WS-RAMP) is a set of specifications that support B2B integration scenarios by providing a better way to invoke services over the Web. A RAMP 1.0 implementation will be released later this year as a plug-in for WAS 6.1.
For more info: