Michael Platt's WebLog

Computer Engineering

March, 2006

  • What is an Architect?

    Arrgh, yet again I have been drawn into the "what is an architect" discussion! I knew it was a mistake to give a definition of architecture . Anyway I have been thinking about how to make this clearer because it seems to be such an area of confusion...
  • What is Architecture: a Definition

    I have to write an overview on "What is architecture" for an upcoming website that we are working on and so went out to look at some definitions. The first I remembered was one I used in an old overview of Enterprise Architecture that I wrote in 2002...
  • Web 2.0 in the Enterprise Architecture World

    I have been following some of the discussion (!) about Ruby on Rails in the Enterprise on http://duckdown.blogspot.com/2006/03/more-thoughts-on-ruby-and-why-it-isnt.html . Lots of interesting discussion which raised a couple of thoughts for me: ...
  • Edge Manifesto

    Following from my last blog I wanted to write down what the motivation was behind the Edge Architecture and in the end it became more of a manifesto about what I believe and how I think the IT world is changing. It has the following 5 core values: ...
  • Meta Data

    Following on from Ray Ossies excellent cut and paste demo at Etech last week I have been thinking about the architectural implications of the demo and there appear to be two; the first is how to have and extensible script add in engine within the browser...
  • Most Posts

    Looking back through my stats on this blog I noticed that this is the month I have made the most posts since I started blogging at the end of 2003. I'm dead chuffed. Actually March always is a good month for me blogging, I wonder why?
  • WS-Harmonsation

    Someone told me about this at Spark but it has taken me this long to find the docs: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/webservices/library/specification/ws-roadmap/ Because of the work I did in infrastructure and managment I have been sort of...
  • Web 2.0 Definition and Hype

    I do get very fed up with the Web 2.0 hype and also all the people who complain about the Web 2.0 hype (which now would include me). I think that the only way of fixing this is to have a crisp definition of what Web 2.0 is and then when a piece of hype...
  • Pre Spark Thoughts

    So I am down in Las Vegas in preparation for Spark this weekend and Mix next week. I am very excited to be doing Spark, it will be fantastic to gather many of the leading thinkers in SOA and Web 2.0 together to try and visualize what the architecture...
  • Edge Postcast

    Ron Jacobs in our group runs a series of archcasts which he puts up on channel 9. About a month ago he interviewed me at some unconscionable hour of the morning for a couple of podcasts which he has just put up on channel 9 at http://channel9.msdn.com...
  • Day One at Spark Las Vegas

    Well the end of day one of Spark, the first half day anyway. Its great to meet up with a bunch of smart people who are really energized about Web 2.0, SOA and what is happening in the architecture space. The first half day was about understanding the...
  • Spark Las Vegas day 2

    In the second day of Spark Las Vegas we focused on models in the morning and came up with four different models for the architecture of the future which were actually successive refinements of one another. The first was the "Tree of life" which...
  • Spark @ Mix

    Anne Thomas Manes, Dion Hinchcliffe and myself presented the output from Spark at Mix to a small but interested audience. I spent most of the day pulling the materials together but did go to Bills keynote. A couple of interesting things that came...
  • Blogs about Spark

    Blogs about spark so far: Dare Obesanjo's My Website is Bigger Than Your Enterprise Richard Veryard: SPARK Workshop , SPARK Workshop 2 , and SPARK Workshop 3 Jeff Schneider posts and diagrams on SPARK David Linthicum wrote two items ( one...
  • Zapthink on Web 2.0 and SOA

    Interesting article from Zapthink about Web 2.0 and SOA, or as they call it Mashups and SOBA's. The start with the asking if web 2.0 is important for the enterprise and their conclusion? The writing is on the wall: the enterprise mashup is the future...
  • Spark @ Mix slide decks

    Phil has posted the Spark at Mix slide decks for me at: http://www.looselycoupled.com/ev/Spark.ppt Thanks Phil!
  • Archcasts at Spark

    Ron did a great job of generating some interesting archcasts at Spark. Here is the first of them with David Linthicum .
  • Gartner on SOA and Web 2.0

    http://www.optimizemag.com/article/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=180207087 To Quote: Implemention strategies for Web services are splitting into two camps: building enterprise SOAs and exploiting Web technologies. One group advocates using Web...
  • 10

    I had a brief chat with Jeff Sandquist about a month ago in the hall where he told me about 10 , which reminded me a lot of rocketboom . Its good to see it announced yesterday at http://on10.net/ I think that these video blogs / news / interest...
  • Etech 2006

    Last week I attended Etch in San Diego. The theme was “the attention economy” and whilst there wasn’t a huge amount about the attention economy there wasn’t much about Web 2.0 which was good. In fact it was pretty much dismissed by all as hype and most...
  • What is Enterprise?

    Dare Obasanjo comments that Amazon et al are huge "enterprise" applications and so what is all this complexity bullshit that Enterprise Architects talk about. I agree that these web based applications are huge however they are fairly modern designed systems...
  • Web 2.0 and the Live Web: Newsweek

    Interesting Newsweek lead article . I am on record as hating Web 2.0 as a term but really like the Live Web as a description. I will be using that in future. Also its an interesting non technical and consumer oriented view of what is going on.
  • Occam and Ontologies: Semwebs

    This rather sums up my opinion of semwebs: The principle of parsimony might better have been called Occam's Chainsaw, for its main use seems to be for clear-cutting ontology And is rather amusing for a dedicated Ockhamist. From the Skeptics Dictonary
  • My outing as a Stateful Restafarian

    Following on from my post about being a Restafarian yesterday I thought this was amusing: http://bitworking.org/news/Hi_REST__Lo_REST_and_Everything_in_between_REST I'm not a Roarchast-REST either, I am a stateful REST. So would all these REST definitions...
  • Do Architects Design?

    Of course they do!! Craig blogged about my architecture definition and said that my definition didn't do much for him as it didn't include design. He focused on the communicate and forecast rather than the modelling elements of my definition. The issue...