It’s been a busy week for the Irish middleware industry, first Cape Clear get acquired and then Iona announce that someone is sniffing around. Having worked in both in the past I do hope deals work out well for the great folks involved.
Still though, these must be confusing times for anyone who is looking for an enterprise ESB/orchestration/integration solution. Terribly vague product description there but I’m never sure exactly how these vendors like their products to be classified but I’m sure ye know what I mean. The choices for customers are narrowing back to buying stacks from the old big enterprise software vendors like IBM, Oracle and MS.
Maybe the odd enlightened one will choose the alternate approach.
While I was on vacation last week, our Cape Clear ESB Platform scooped the Enterprise Tools Jolt Award for 2007. It’s always nice to return to work to news like that! Even better, the award was for Cape Clear 6.7 and we have since released Cape Clear 7 (hence the vacation!) which is far better in every respect so I’m already looking forward to next year’s Jolt Awards
capeclear, web services
Lots of interesting posts about the recent W3C Web of Services for Enterprise Computing Workshop are beginning to appear from folks like Paul Downey (BT), Eric Newcomer (IONA) (& 2), Steve Loughran, Paul Sandoz (Sun) and more. It certainly sounds like an interesting mix of perspectives were represented though it seems a real shame that Microsoft did not attend or even publish a position paper.
Almost as an aside, I also noticed that WSDL 2.0 is now a Proposed Recommendation – is this just in time or just too late? New remote interface definition languages, by definition, face huge uphill battles gaining traction so WSDL 2.0 needs to earn some serious credibility and quickly. Developers need WSDL 2.0 based tools and stacks to allow them to evaluate the new specification in proposed real world scenarios. (WADL looks nice and is winning kudos these days but I doubt it will ever depose either the old or new W3C-endorsed specifications.)
capeclear, web services
Happy New Year to your all and a belated Happy Christmas to those I didn’t get to share festive pints with! I should be back blogging a bit more frequently now – prior to the festive break I had my head down getting the Cape Clear 7 Studio Beta release (What’s New) out the door on time so it’s been a bit quiet around here. Kudos to our team for producing such a polished beta release in such a short period of time!
So now we are in sync with the Callisto train, that opens up more than a few possibilities, some of which we are already working on. Thanks are also due to the folks at Eclipse.org, they have been great at dealing with the bugs we logged while migrating from WTP 0.7 to WTP 1.5 and through our use Eclipse, PDEBuild, TPTP, BIRT and various other pieces in our build and test harnesses. In one instance I think I can remember a patch being committed within an hour of the original bug report being received!
Onward and upward, time to catch up on what has been happing in the technology world for the past month
capeclear, eclipse, software, web services