Archive for December, 2008


December 19th, 2008 No comments

Some years ago, I learnt (from a magazine) about SOAP. I decided it was useful, but not that many people seemed to offer a useful service for it.

At Uni, we had a handful of lectures about it from a guest lecturer. Here, I learnt about the concept of WSDL and UDDI.

Now, many years later, I’ve seen requests at work for SOAP access several times within two weeks, where in the previous 4 and a half years, I’d seen none.

We’re now going through the painful process of working out how to implement some of these things in Progress 9.1D (OpenEdge 10 supports it out the box, but 9.1D has nothing).

I’ve taken it upon myself to try and get my head around these things again, and to look at how we can sensibly implement these technologies at work in a way that suits not just my projects massive worldwide foot print (which is getting bigger by the month), but also with other internal applications such as Internet to Application transfers (e.g. Customer facing sites to back office systems)

Having looked at UDDI, I’m amazed that there aren’t that many applications available to run a UDDI service. I’m also slightly amazed that no one has attempted to create a basic VMWare image which runs a UDDI service out of the box. When compared to the number of “turn-key” SVN servers, email servers, groupware servers, no one seems to have done a “turn-key” UDDI server. Especially seeing as “SOA” is a particular buzzword at the moment.

I guess I may have to work it out for myself!

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Photo Opportunities

December 14th, 2008 No comments

One of the things that happens quite a lot on the reservoir, is that people watch us row.

Usually, it’s people out for an early morning walk with the dogs, or out on horse, or out on their early morning run.

I dread to the think of the number of times that I’ve been watched.

On crisp, clear mornings, when it’s a bit foggy, and it makes a good photo, people take pictures. That happened this morning.

I was thinking this morning that it would it would have made quite a good picture; and that I wouldn’t mind a copy of them.

Except, I have no idea who it was who the pictures. I’m going to be a part of someone’s photo album, for ever, and I don’t know who.

It’s tough being a photo star.

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