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SOA and Web services advice 2010

SearchSOA.com's coverage of Web services and Web applications is marked by the presence of able writer William Brogden, who is always ready to dig into the nitty gritty. Over the course of the year, Bill Brogden put forward a lot of great advice on developing Web services and Web applications in today's ever changing Web environment. Here is a sampling of some of that work.

Mobile devices - not just smart phones like the Droid or the iPhone, but also PDF readers like the Kindle - are still making big waves for Web application builders. Brogden had his finger right there on the pulse as he brought us notes on developing for the Android platform and a comparison of the similarities and differences between developing for Kindle-style PDF readers versus Android phones.

Even more traditional non-mobile Web applications are changing now as HTML5 brings new functions and changes old rules. While the evolution of Web services standards may not be as sweeping or as obvious as the changes in mobile technologies or the new version of HTML, it certainly cannot be ignored. Brogden kept us informed as the W3C completed their recommendations for a new XProc specification.

RESTful Web developing is often touted as a more simple approach than SOAP, but for many teams, it can be very confusing - especially without a solid framework to start from. This summer, Bill brought us not one but three mature REST frameworks to choose from.

In a similar vein, the BPEL XML standard for building BPM apps gets so much attention that it can be difficult to sort the facts from the hype. Bill not only explained where BPEL fits in, he also explained where it comes from and what it does in a no-nonsense/just-the-facts overview of BPM tools and how they work in modern enterprise architecture.

Along the way, Brogden brought us back to the basics with a couple of tips on often overlooked fundamentals. How we transfer data can be taken for granted. A story on data transfer mechanism provided pro and con comparison of data transfer formats. And the schooling continued in early September when Mr. Brogden put together his tutoring session on error reporting for Web services. There is more to come.

This was first published in November 2010

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