Eric Newcomer of IONA on Interoperability

October 2nd. 5:00pm-8:00pm

Microsoft Offices, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA 02451


The next meeting of the IASA New England Chapter will feature Eric Newcomer, Chief Technology Officer of IONA.

Eric NewcomerAs Chief Technology Officer, Eric is responsible for leading IONA's technology and product strategy and directing participation in standards bodies.

Eric joined IONA in November 1999, after nearly 16 years at Digital/Compaq, as the company's transaction processing architect, and also served as IONA's Vice President of Engineering, Web Services Integration Products.

Eric has contributed to many transaction processing, middleware, and Web services standardization and product development activities.  He is currently a member of the Eclipse and OSGi Boards, and co-chair of the OSGi Enterprise Expert Group.  He is well known for his expertise in SOA, Web services, and transaction processing.

Eric is the author of Understanding Web Services (published in May 2002 by Addison-Wesley), co-author with Phil Bernstein of Principles of Transaction Processing (published in January 1997 by Morgan Kaufman), and co-author with Greg Lomow of Understanding SOA with Web Services, published by Addison Wesley in December 2004.

Why Is Interoperability So Hard? And What Can We Do About It?

You might as well ask why everyone doesn’t just use C#, XML, and HTTP. Shouldn’t everyone just use the same programming language, data format, and communications protocol?  There are just too many application formats, protocols, and languages – the simple solution would be to just adopt and use one of each for everything.  But that doesn’t happen, and for a variety of reasons, all of which are good.  Some technology choices were made a long time ago, before C#, HTTP, and XML even existed. Other decisions were driven by the need for certain features and functions, performance and scalability requirements, skill set issues (availability of trained staff), and simple cost equations. And of course the software industry is always searching for a better abstraction, which means tradeoffs and compromises when compiling or interpreting higher-level syntax and data typing. 

In this session we will delve into the issues that make interoperability difficult, the state of Web service standards and showcase some of IONA Technologies’ 15-year experience as an interoperability specialist. We will demo one of our most recent toolkits, the WCF Connector for Java, which addresses the problem of native WCF to native Java interoperability.


5:00pm - 6:00pm - Meet, greet, eat and network

6:00pm - 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements

6:15pm - 7:30pm - Eric Newcomer and Brian Kelly

7:30pm - 8:00pm - Wrap up

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