What's on your mind?
Have you checked out www.ADTmag.com lately?
We’ve added three blogs. “Enterprise
Insider” is written by Jason Halla, an enterprise J2EE
architect at a Fortune 500 company in Indianapolis, and moderator of Devshed’s
popular Java, PHP and XML forums. “AppSide”
is written by Matt Stephens, a senior architect, programmer,
project leader and co-author of two books on extreme programming. The big idea
behind our third blog, “ADTitude,”
is to give us (ADT and its readers) an opportunity to share ideas and opinions
about whatever’s on your mind.
Tony Baer pitched us a story about Web services security that
we found appealing. As Baer notes in his story, which can be found here,
Web services blur the boundaries between networks, software and data by making
access dynamic and interaction among applications far less predictable. As a
result, access control becomes far more complex as applications are exposed
as services over a network.
Part of the problem is that Web services are still evolving as are the commonly
accepted rules for making sure everything works well together. That’s the premise
in a companion article, beginning here,
by Alan Joch. In some cases, specifications exist to guide
the low-level interactions of two services, Joch writes. Other times, the rules
have loftier goals—creating an environment where far-flung services can track
each other down and become part of a larger business process, all without their
creators ever interacting or even anticipating that their services might one
day have reason to work together.
One of our regular contributors, Stephen Swoyer, provides
us with an update on business rules management systems. Proponents cite the
ability of business rules engines to solve many different business problems,
and note the majority of business processes haven’t yet been automated or even
documented. Put it all together, and before long, business users will control
their own code. Not surprising, programmers aren’t buying it, at least not yet.
You can pick up the rest of the story here.
I spent a week on France’s Cote d’Azur not long ago. I was in Cannes to attend
the annual 3GSM Congress. A lot of discussion in panel sessions and on the exhibit
floor focused on using wireless handhelds like PDAs and smartphones to access
corporate apps. More people carry cell phones than any other device, so it’s
inevitable your users will eventually start lobbying for access to backend apps,
writes Johanna Ambrosio in her story beginning here.
Michael Alexander is editor-in-chief of Application Development Trends.