The IBM developerWorks site has won the 2007 Jolt Hall of Fame award.
The 17th Annual Jolt Award Winners have been announced, and the IBM developerWorks (on my wiki) Web site has won the Hall of Fame award. developerWorks editor-in-chief Michael O'Connell discusses it on his blog in dW wins Jolt Hall of Fame award; Booch, Ambler, dW authors also honored.
developerWorks also won a Jolt Product Excellence award in 2004: "developerWorks wins Jolt Product Excellence Award: Recognized as the best "Website and Developer Network"."[Read More]
Bobby Woolf: WebSphere SOA and JEE in Practice
From archive: March 2007 X
IBM has made available a pretty helpful demo of WebSphere Integration Developer.
I've finally gotten around to creating a WebSphere Integration Developer page (on my wiki). On there, amongst other WID info, I list the demo: "WebSphere Integration Developer: One Tool, One Set of Skills."[Read More]
So what was technical support like back in the Middle Ages?
My collegue Keys Botzum found this: "Introducing the book: Gutenberg offers 'In your home' support." Of course, it's also on YouTube, but this version doesn't have subtitles for the spoken language (Norwegian?).
The first site says the clip is "from Norwegian show 'Oystein & Meg'." The YouTube post says of the clip: "It's from a show called Øystein & Meg (Øystein & I) produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting television channel (NRK) in 2001. The spoken language is Norwegian. It's written by Knut Nærum and performed by Øystein Bache and Rune Gokstad."
Check it out; it gets funnier and funnier.[Read More]
IBM has announced that they will stop supporting WAS 5.1 in September 2008.
The announcement is "Software support discontinuance: IBM WebSphere Application Server V5.1 products": Support ends for all editions of WAS 5.1 on September 26, 2008 (18 months from now). You can see confirmation on the support lifecycle page for all versions of WAS as well as for all IBM software products. WAS 5.1 has been available since January 16, 2004, so it will have been supported for 4.75 years.
Support for WAS 5.1 on z/OS had previously been announced to end on April 30, 2008; that has now been revised to September 30, 2008. See "Software service discontinuance: Selected System z products — Some replacements available." The support lifecycle pages don't seem to have been updated for z/OS yet. I don't know why the official date is Sept. 26 for distributed and Sept. 30 for z/OS; it's usually the last day of the month.
You can also check out the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy summary and details.
So what's the point of these announcements? If you're using WAS 5.1, you need to start planning to migrate to WAS 6.0 or 6.1 (and be finished by September 2008).
Now you can hear me rant about the DST bug.
You may have read my discussion of Why do computers care about daylight saving time?. Now hear me talk about it on this week's developerWorks podcast: "This week on developerWorks -- 13 Mar 2007." My editorial starts at 6:30 (six-and-a-half minutes from the beginning of the recording). Enjoy.[Read More]
developerWorks now has a podcast on SOA quality management.
I've talked about IBM's new focus on SOA Quality Management. If you'd like to learn more, check out the podcast, "Bobby Woolf on SOA quality management," one of the developerWorks podcasts.
Yup, I'm the one being interviewed, but hopefully it's still interesting to listen to anyway.[Read More]
Southside Electric Cooperative says SOA "paid for itself in the first year."
This is according to "Electricity provider cites SOA for efficiency gains." (Computerworld) The project used IBM WebSphere products and Qualcomm's OmniTRACS.
IBM has a press release: "IBM Turns On Southside Electric Cooperative to Software Recycling; Coop Delivers $1.2 Million Capital Credits Refund to Member-Owners." (What a clever title; just screams "SOA," doesn't it?!)
Cryptic press release titles aside, SOA really does work and really produces business value. See SOA Success at Delaware Electric, SOA Success with Rational and WebSphere, and Software's SOA buzz yielding dividends.[Read More]
There's a new podcast on ebizQ that interviews IBM about its ESB strategy.
The podcast, "IBM's Three-Tiered ESB Solution Strategy," is an interview with Leif Davidsen, IBM’s Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for WebSphere Application Integration.
Some of the topics Leif discusses include (on my wiki):
ebizQ also has a webinar with Leif: "Leverage Value of Existing IT Investments with SOA Reuse and Connectivity."
For another podcast that has more depth on DataPower, see Podcast on SOA Appliances.[Read More]
Updated: 09-Mar-2007 19:30 UTC
The Java patch for the daylight saving time schedule change has a bug. But most applications are probably unaffected.
As discussed in Daylight Savings Time and Java, the schedule for daylight saving time in the U.S. is changing this year, which means computers need to be patched, which includes Java and thus IBM's Java-based products like WAS. IBM has set up a DST section on the IBM Alerts site to help make the patches easier to find.
Well, it turns out that Sun's DST patches for Java themselves have a bug. It was discovered last week, but relates back to a previous bug:
There's some debate as to how likely you are to run into this problem; it's easy to recreate, but it only affects code for parsing timestamps with three-letter timezone abbreviations. IBM's (and Sun's?) opinion/guidance seems to be that this problem shouldn't really exist anymore since as of JDK 1.2 in 1998, Java application code isn't supposed to use three-letter timezone abbreviations anymore. So it's probably not worth worrying about this unless you have an application that parses timestamp strings and are seeing it fail. In any event, if you're having the problem, IBM has a patch for its JDK.
In response to the latest bug, IBM has released a new version of its Java Time Zone Update (JTZU) utility, version 1.4.7c. The JTZU versions are a bit confusing; here's the story (as I understand it; take this with a grain of salt):
So 1.2.7a and 1.3.7a are generally available from IBM, adjust DST for the new dates in 2007 and later years, and are equivalent to each other on all platforms except JDK 1.3.1 on Solaris. Most applications should not run into Sun Java Bug #6530336, but if yours do, apply 1.4.7c.
So, where do you get the JTZU utility?
I still wonder: Why do computers care about daylight saving time? If they would just use UTC clocks and timestamps, it seems like a lot of these problems would go away.[Read More]