Bloggers and Observations
I met several fellow bloggers today. It was great to finally put a face to many people that I feel like I know personally after reading their blogs for several months. I don’t think anybody was as I expected them. Not that I really had any idea about what anybody looked like anyway.
I also met several people from Groove Experiments, which was excellent also. I spoke to someone that works at Groove during lunch, and the stuff that is potentially in the pipelines rates high on the COOL-O-METER.
The overall tone from the speakers at the panel discussion was that web services will soon be a commodity. It doesn’t look like anyone’s going to be rich and famous from this stuff, but it definately looks like it’s going to creep into our everday lives. It’ll be just another tool that nobody will think twice about using. I thought that was interesting.
The IBM guys and Microsoft guys are doing a pretty good job at poking fun at each other in a lighthearted way without being mean spirited.
I know now that Sam Ruby is a hardcore geek. Someone asked him a question, and after getting into an answer, he said, “Can I push that [on the stack] and come back?”
WSDL (web services description language) seemed to be the buzzword of the day, but I don’t really see that as a bad thing. WSDL does a lot to make SOAP services available, describing them so they can be used by a client, testing via a web interface, and helping to generate some basic code (stubs) that can be implemented later.
I loved Peter Drayton’s interpretation of the “/” character. HTTP:// is translated to HTTP colon bang bang. It makes for more interesting conversation.
Steve Loughran also pointed to a whitepaper he wrote, which is available at www.hpi.hp.com called “Making Web Services that Work.” This is definate hotel room reading material.
I’m having a blast and learning a ton. I’m sure you’ll hear more from me later.