Like the editor says, "The collective focus of this month's IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal is set squarely on service-oriented architecture (SOA), its concepts, its future, and the new set of IBM tools that make it all possible." So if you're trying to figure out IBM's flurry of SOA announcements and how the technology really supports the ideals (and aren't we all?), this will help.
This month's issue has:
- "A quick intro to WebSphere Business Process Management" -- My excellent article (can I say that about my own stuff?!) on how our SOA marketing is really telling a consistent story
- "Is EJB 2.x dead yet?" -- ISSW's Geoff Hambrick explains how EJB 3 may not be all it's cracked up to be
- "Answers to questions on WebSphere Partner Gateway" -- ISSW's Dave Mulley answers reader questions about our B2B hub product
- "Building a powerful, reliable SOA with JMS and WebSphere ESB" -- EIS's Andre Tost (of "Building an Enterprise Service Bus with WebSphere Application Server V6" fame) starts a series that shows how JMS and WESB go together
- "A guided tour of WebSphere Integration Developer" -- Development's Greg Adams, Richard Gregory, Jane Fung, and Randy Giffen start a series on how to use WID to develop service components
- "Leverage existing WebSphere Application Server J2EE resources from WebSphere Application Server Community Edition" -- ISSW's Robert Peterson and Kulvir Bhogal show you how to get WAS Base/ND and WAS CE to play nice
- "Building SOA solutions with the Service Component Architecture" -- ISSW's Roland Barcia and development's Jeff Brent continue their series on SOA. This time, they show how to link together multiple service components.
- "A practical introduction to message mediation" -- Development's Alasdair Nottingham continues his series on mediations in the SIB. This time, he looks at mediations for request/response messaging.
Also, did you know there's a whole series of articles on how to sys admin WAS 5.x? It's "System Administration for WebSphere Application Server V5" by development's Leigh Williamson. Check them out, starting with "Part 1: Overview of V5 Administration."
So there's lots of good stuff here. Notice too that these articles are by IBM people who know the products and are making the effort to explain them to users like you. A good resource to have, so enjoy.