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The world was about to change, argued Don Box of DevelopMentor when he extolled the virtues of SOAP, the Simple Object Access Protocol, at the 2001 USENIX Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies and Systems (COOTS). Listening to Box discuss the impending demise of Visual Basic - at least as it was known at the time - and DCOM due to the emergence of .NET and the Common Language Runtime (CLR), as well as animated discussions of a burgeoning new SOAP specification, was my introduction to the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Revolution. Of course distributed computing was nothing new, but certainly the scale and universality of the paradigm was set to explode - or so it seemed. Since this conference, slowly but surely, much of what Box prognosticated has come to pass, albeit not as swiftly or universally as initially indicated. Microsoft .NET has not exactly take... (more)

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Back when Java was called Oak, it was thought that this new language would be ideal for developing embedded applications, such as those that would run on set-top boxes. The developers of this new language were well ahead of their time. Java's momentum began to build not from its large set-top developer community but from developers wishing to enhance their Web sites using Java applets. Thank goodness that was short-lived! Java then became popular in server-side applications, but it has only recently begun to gain popularity in the embedded devices it was originally intended for.... (more)