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Over the past several months, I've had the opportunity to interface with several BEA WebLogic project teams and ask how they do their development. One question I usually bring up, mainly out of curiosity, is whether or not they decided to use BEA WebLogic Workshop as part of their overall development strategy. As you may already know, Workshop is designed to streamline the overall development effort and can provide substantial improvements in programmer productivity along with streamlining the configuration and deployment process. In theory, the decision to use Workshop as the IDE of choice for BEA WebLogic development should be a no-brainer. But what is really happening out in the field? Well, the result of my impromptu, and albeit unscientific, survey shows something quite unexpected. In one case, the project team was involved in developing a portal-like applicat... (more)

Integration Server 1.2

No one involved in Web development needs to be reminded of the continued rapid changes in the industry. Even with the current financial downturn, driven by the burst of the Internet bubble, innovation is still happening on many fronts. Nowhere is this truer than in the evolving area of Web services. Feeling overwhelmed by yet more change, I recently decided to do something I usually never do and subscribed to several Web services-related mailing groups. In this case, some SOAP-related lists would do the trick, especially since SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is one of the key... (more)

Watch Your Security Hole

Anyone who has recently been on the job hunting circuit, looking for a position as a developer, knows that employers are getting rather picky. With the oversupply of IT professionals, recruiters are not just looking for good people, they are looking for good people with an exact skill set to match their requirements. As such, the chances of getting the position you desire is not as guaranteed as it was back in the boom times four years ago. Besides having good looks and luck, one of the ways that you can get around this dilemma is to maintain a diverse set of skills on your résum... (more)

The SOA Diet

It never ceases to amaze me how something can move from essential obscurity to mainstream hype in what seems to be only overnight. Take the low carbohydrate diets, which are all the rage now. For years, the Atkins diet was considered by most diet professionals to be pure nonsense - how can you lose weight with a diet rich in fat, with bacon and eggs in the morning and a pound of steak or two for dinner? Yet all it took was one investigative report from a prominent newspaper to give the diet credibility. Now, you can't seem to get away from low-carb food products - they're everywh... (more)

Are You a WebLogic Expert?

In my travels I am often asked whether I am a WebLogic expert. I don't blame people for asking, since it is assumed that anyone who is editor-in-chief of a magazine dedicated to keeping its readers up to date on the myriad of BEA products must know everything there is to know about this end of the software spectrum. You might assume that by now I would be used to the question, "Are you a WebLogic expert, you know, a guru?" Every time though, it stops me in my tracks and I have to stop for a second and compose myself. Am I an expert? Umm, err...say something, quick. I usually resp... (more)