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It’s what you don’t see about the emerging Web that has everyone excited these days. Namely, it’s the powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs. APIs are nothing new and have been traditionally cryptic and difficult to use. However, the advent of Web services along with the notion of mashups has changed the way we consider and leverage APIs going forward. What changed? In short, the emergence of API consumers, including service-oriented architecture (SOA), browsers that support rich client features such as AJAX, and the notion and popularity of mashups. SOA is having an impact since architectures are moving to both consume and produce services, and these services are able to extend well beyond the firewalls using the appropriate platform services. Thus, partners and customers are able to take advantage of both systems behavior and data no... (more)

The Most Popular Web APIs Will Be Social-Oriented and Complex Business-Oriented

As we build services/APIs for use within the enterprise or cloud computing, there seem to be two clear trends for those who are consuming the services/APIs: they want to leverage APIs that drive social networking, such as Twitter and Facebook, and they want to leverage complex, business-oriented, and high-value APIs that they don't want to build themselves. APIs around social networking are easy to define and leverage. They have simplistic data structures and well-defined methods. While they are simplistic to use and understand, they also have huge value for both the API/servi... (more)

Remember ebXML?

While there are many standards that look like ebXML, ebXML is the first horizontal standard designed to address the exchange of information and adherence to inter-enterprise processes. However, in attempting to reach this lofty goal, ebXML is also a complex standard and takes some understanding before we can comprehend its value to the world of application integration and electronic business. So, why do we need the ebXML standard? It's really a matter of leveraging the Internet to automate how we do business in real time, leveraging common processes and common information format... (more)

Understanding Information Transformation

The transformation layer is the "Rosetta stone" of the system. It understands the format of all information being transmitted among the applications and translates that information on the fly, restructuring data from one message so that it makes sense to the receiving application or applications. It provides a common dictionary that contains information on how each application communicates outside itself (application externalization), as well as which bits of information have meaning to which applications. Transformation layers, such as those that process XML-based messages (e.g.,... (more)

Ten Things to Think About When Building the Perfect SOA

Right now the implementation of SOAs seems involve much more hype than actual work. However, there are some patterns beginning to emerge, or, procedures the implementers are doing right to insure success. These patterns are not always obvious, so perhaps this is a good time to learn through the successes of others and do our own homework before we spend millions on moving to an SOA. It's also important to note that our thinking is always evolving. As we learn what works, or perhaps more importantly, what does not work, we get closer to near perfect implementations that bring hug... (more)