Trends at JavaOne 2016: Microservices, Docker, Cloud-Native Middleware

Posted in Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, ESB, Java / JEE, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on September 23rd, 2016 by Kai Wähner

Like every year, I attended JavaOne (part of Oracle World) in San Francisco in late September 2016. This is still one of the biggest conferences around the world for technical experts like developers and architects.

I planned to write a blog posts about new trends from the program, exhibition and chats with other attendees. Though, I can make it short: Besides focus on Java platform updates (Java 9, Java EE 8, etc.), I saw three hot topics which are highly related to each other: Microservices, Docker and Cloud. It felt like 80% of non-Java talks were about these three topics. The other 20% were Internet of Things (IoT), DevOps and some other stuff. Middleware was also a hot topic. Not always directly, but I was in several talks focusing on integration, orchestration of microservices, (IoT) gateways.

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Hybrid Integration Architecture is the New Default

Posted in API Management, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, EAI, ESB, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on August 5th, 2016 by Kai Wähner

The IT world is moving forward fast. The digital transformation changes complete industries and peels away existing business models. Cloud services, mobile devices and the Internet of Things establish wild spaghetti architectures though different departments and lines of business. Several different concepts, technologies and deployment options are used. A single integration backbone is not sufficient anymore in this era of integration. Therefore, a Hybrid Integration Architecture is getting the new default in most enterprises.

Different user roles need to leverage different tools to integrate applications, services and APIs for their specific need. A key for success is that all integration and business services work together across different platforms in a hybrid world with on premise and cloud deployments.

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Voxxed Article: Microservices, Containers and Cloud-Native Architectures for Middleware

Posted in Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, ESB, Microservices on June 2nd, 2016 by Kai Wähner

I wanna refer to a new article published today at Voxxed: “Microservices, Containers and Cloud-Native Architectures for Middleware“. Here is the summary:

Summary of the Article

The IT world is moving forward fast. I wrote about Microservices and whether that spells the death of the Enterprise Service Bus and other middleware a year ago. This article is a “follow-up” and update to discuss how relevant microservices, containers and a cloud-native architecture is for middleware. It is unbelievable how fast enterprises of all sizes are moving forward with these topics!

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Microservices, Containers, Docker and a Cloud-Native Architecture in the Middleware World

Posted in API Management, BPM, Cloud, Cloud-Native, Docker, EAI, ESB, Java / JEE, Microservices, Middleware, SOA on April 22nd, 2016 by Kai Wähner

In April 2016, I had two talks at JPoint in Moscow, Russia. The first talk was an existing talk about “How to Apply Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning to Real Time Processing”. The second talk was a brand new one: “Microservices and Containers in the Middleware World”. This article discusses and shows the new slide deck about how middleware is related to Microservices, Containers, Docker and Cloud-Native Architectures.

Key takeaways of the talk:

  • A cloud-native architecture enables flexible and agile development
  • Modern middleware leverages containers, Microservices and a cloud-native architecture
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Book Review: “Java EE 7 Developer Handbook” by PACKT / Pilgrim

Posted in Java / JEE on November 26th, 2013 by Kai Wähner

Java EE 7 Developer Handbook is a book for experienced Java developers, published by PACKT. Author is Peter A. Pilgrim.

Content
The books introduces many important Java EE 7 specifications: CDI, EJB, JPA, Servlets, JMS, Bean Validation, JAX-RS and some other stuff such as WebSockets, HTML5 support and Java Transaction API. Each chapter contains an introduction, source code examples and explanations of most important features and configurations. Source code examples can be downloaded, too.

Cool side note
Introduces and uses Gradle as build system and Arquillian for writing integration tests.

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Enterprise-ready Tool Support for Apache Camel

Posted in EAI, ESB, Java / JEE on November 23rd, 2012 by Kai Wähner

Apache Camel is my favorite integration framework on the Java platform due to great DSLs, a huge community, and so many different components. Camel is used by many developers from different companies all over the world. However, most guys are not aware that some really cool and – more important – enterprise-ready tooling is available for Camel, too. Many people ask me about Camel tooling when I do talks at conferences. This is the reason for this short blog post about Camel tooling.

[FYI: I work for Talend (one of the vendors). Please also read the comments from my Red Hat friends at the bottom!]

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Avatar as Alternative for Java Server Faces (JSF) and JavaFX? – JavaOne 2012

Posted in Java / JEE, Web Framework on October 2nd, 2012 by Kai Wähner

Project Avatar was announced at JavaOne 2011. After no further information until JavaOne 2012, some new information was announced at this year’s conference. Even a little demo was shown in the keynote. Contrary to JavaFX, Avatar offers the realization of modern web applications without requiring a browser plugin. Web applications are realized with HTML5 and JavaScript (Nashorn implementation) on client-side, and Java EE backend on server-side. Avatar is also suitable for creating mobile applications (smartphone, tablet), because it does not depend on a browser plugin.

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Progress Report from the Java EE Conference “Confess 2012” in Leogang, Salzburg (Austria)

Posted in IT Conferences on May 8th, 2012 by Kai Wähner

This week, I was at Confess 2012 in Leogang, Salzburg (Austria). Confess is an international conference for Java professionals in its fifth year, organized by IRIAN and the EJUG Austria. It is reasonably priced with 275 € for the two-day conference, and 500 € for the workshop day. The speaker lineup is very good with many well-known international speakers, such as JSF spec lead Edwuard Burns from Oracle America, Hazem Saleh from IBM Egypt, or Jürgen Höller from SpringSource.

Sessions

There were six main topics for this year’s conference:

  • Concurrent Programming
  • Mobile Development
  • Cloud Computing
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Apache Camel Tutorial – Introduction to EIP, Routes, Components, Testing, and other Concepts

Posted in EAI, ESB, Java / JEE on May 4th, 2012 by Kai Wähner

Data exchanges between companies increase a lot. The number of applications, which must be integrated increases, too. The interfaces use different technologies, protocols and data formats. Nevertheless, the integration of these applications shall be modeled in a standardized way, realized efficiently and supported by automatic tests. Such a standard exists with the Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP) [1], which have become the industry standard for describing, documenting and implementing integration problems. Apache Camel [2] implements the EIPs and offers a standardized, internal domain-specific language (DSL) [3] to integrate applications. This article gives an introduction to Apache Camel including several code examples.

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Spoilt for Choice: Which Integration Framework to use – Spring Integration, Mule ESB or Apache Camel?

Posted in EAI, ESB, Java / JEE on January 10th, 2012 by Kai Wähner

Data exchanges between companies increase a lot. The number of applications which must be integrated increases, too. The interfaces use different technologies, protocols and data formats. Nevertheless, the integration of these applications shall be modeled in a standardized way, realized efficiently and supported by automatic tests.

Three integration frameworks are available in the JVM environment, which fulfil these requirements: Spring Integration, Mule ESB and Apache Camel. They implement the well-known Enteprise Integration Patterns (EIP, http://www.eaipatterns.com) and therefore offer a standardized, domain-specific language to integrate applications.

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