Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has become today's technology buzz and
it's rapidly becoming a mainstream approach to enterprise systems design.
Beyond the buzz of SOA, organizations face several challenges as they attempt
to truly effectuate the paradigm shift towards SOA. One critical challenge
is: How can we assure the quality of the business services that we build? Can
the services we build withstand the test of rapid organizational change? One
way to address this challenge is through the use of effective testing
methodologies and tools for the services deployed under an organization's SOA
A new development methodology - services-oriented development of applications
(SODA) - is emerging to accompany the paradigm shift toward SOA. Today's
agile software teams need effective tools to smoothen the transition. This
article analyzes, designs, and demonst... (more)
As a software architect and developer, I've used a number of IDEs for my J2EE
development. I have my priority list of features that I look for in all the
IDEs but I wasn't able to find one that gave me everything I wanted.
If an IDE satisfied some of my needs, it completely ignored my other needs.
The BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1 IDE, however, delivers most of the features
I've been looking for. Now I'm a happy WebLogic Workshop user and I want to
share some of the best features with you.
One of the strengths of BEA WebLogic Workshop is its ability to do pretty
much all... (more)
BEA Systems, Inc. recently announced the launch of new family of products for
service infrastructure, named AquaLogic. AquaLogic Service Bus (ALSB) is
BEA's implementation of the Enterprise Service Bus combined with Web services
management capabilities. This article is a high-level introduction to ESB and
In their Harvard Business Review article, Giovanni Gavetti and Jan W. Rivkin
explain the power of reasoning by analogy. They explain how successful
executives have tapped the power of analogy to build businesses by comparison
to other successes in business history. Analog... (more)
This article is the second of two on best practices in building business
processes on BEA WebLogic Integration 8.1. The first installment (WLDJ, Vol.
3, issue 6) focused on team development and maintenance best practices. In
this article, we will focus on best practices in building business processes
with scalability, recovery, exception handling, guaranteed delivery, and high
performance. This article is intended for the developers and architects of
WLI applications. Process VersioningBest Practice
Version the process files.
It's easy to overlook versioning because the pro... (more)
A business process in the real world typically is never done end-to-end by a
single employee. It usually involves multiple employees/back end systems
handing over work, similar to a 4x100 track relay where batons are passed
between the athletes. The employees/back end should be passively notified of
their tasks rather than actively waiting. BEA WebLogic Workshop provides a
great framework to build these business processes for deployment on the
WebLogic Platform. Applications and Business Processes - What's the
Difference?Typically, programmers think in terms of applications (e.g.... (more)