Michael Platt's WebLog

Computer Engineering

March, 2006

  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Relationships and Reputation

    Whilst designing the Edge Architecture I quickly realized that Relationships were a key element of systems going forward. At Spark this was reinforced and in addition I began to understand that it is actually the platform for both collaboration and discovery...
  • 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!
  • Edge Architecture

    A while back my boss, John devados , gave a keynote at VS live on some of the architectural work we are doing pulling togther the Web and the Enterprise that we are calling Edge Architecture. James Fawcette has an interesting article about the same thing...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Users and Organisations at Spark

    One model that was put up at Spark was Jeff Schneider's which tied together users and organizations really nicely: http://schneider.blogspot.com/uploaded_images/CompetingInterests-729197.JPG
  • SOA and WOA at Spark

    So I just got the materials back from Spark and was going through them to make sure I had captured everything. One that attracted my attention was a definition of SOA and Web Oriented Arcitecture that Nick Gall from Gartner gave: Service Oriented...
  • Dion Hinchcliffe at Spark

    Here is a podcast of Dion at Spark
  • 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...
  • 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: ...
  • 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?
  • 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...