Archive for the ‘WebSphere ESB’ Category

WebSphere ESB 7.5 available

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

WebSphere ESB 7.5 is generally available from Passport Advantage as of today (as are WSRR 7.5, WebSphere ESB Registry Edition 7.5 and the 7.5 BPM stack) and the InfoCenter is also live. Having been the Development Lead and then Release Architect, I feel a certain sense of parental pride in this delivery but, as always, the credit goes to the wider team. It shall also be my last as I am parting company with the WebSphere ESB development team and moving on to pastures new. I can’t say more at the moment but all will be revealed sometime this month.

WebSphere ESB 7.5 Preview

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

As announced about a month ago, WebSphere ESB 7.5 is due to be available at the end of this week. Having presented on the subject at Impact, I felt I should provide a little more background to some of the new features described in the announce letter. Time permitting, I’ll cover some of the topics in further details once the product has been released.

WebSphere Technical Conference

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

A quick post to highlight that I’m in Düsseldorf this week as a last minute stand-in for my colleague Simon Holdsworth at the WebSphere Technical Conference. I’ll be giving his Introduction to WebSphere ESB and WebSphere ESB Best Practices and Performance Recommendations on Tuesday afternoon, What’s New in WebSphere ESB V7.0 on Wednesday and then running the WebSphere ESB Birds of a Feather session that follows. I’ll also be at the Connectivity Panel Q&A on Monday afternoon which is probably the best place to catch me if you’d like to meet up at some point for a chat about the product or just to say Hi!

WebSphere ESB

Monday, September 6th, 2010

On Friday, we released Fix Pack for the BPM stack including WebSphere ESB. This was what we call a “development led” fix pack which generally means that, in addition to the usual round-up of fixes, there is some additional new function. In this case, we have been working hard on the new business object lazy parsing mode that first surfaced as a technology preview at the end of last year. Previously, although we had various performance enhancements to avoid parsing the message body if it was never touched by a mediation flow, as soon as you did touch it, we parsed the whole message in to a Service Data Object. With the new mode, we only parse as much of the message as is required to evaluate each expression. As you might imagine, this is largely done in the name of performance and the improvement is particularly significant with partial access to large messages. Sadly, were not quite done with this work and all over the update notes you’ll see a statement indicating that lazy mode is now out of tech preview but only for modules that do not contain mediation flows.

One of the other significant points about this fix pack is the move to WebSphere Application Server and, in particular, the fact that this finally has an Installation Manger based install process. This means that you can finally install both the Application Server, ESB and fixes for both, all using the same install technology. Unfortunately you will have to use the old Update Installer to remove any ifixes that you have already installed.

New WESB/WPS book

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I’ve just been asked to review a new book entitled “Application Development for IBM WebSphere Process Server 7 and Enterprise Service Bus 7“. I can certainly vouch for the credentials of one of the two IBM authors having worked with Salil Ahuja. As part of the AIM Early Programs team he’s in a perfect position to have both a breadth of knowledge across the products and a good understanding of what customers need and want to know. The sample chapter online (which happens to cover mediation module development) looks promising so I look forward to receiving my review copy.

WebSphere ESB V7 available

Friday, December 11th, 2009

WebSphere ESB (and Process Server) Version 7.0 is generally available as of today which, amongst other things, means that I’m free to blog at will about the product content. As is traditional, I’ll start with an overview of what’s new in this release of the product (and the associated WebSphere Integration Developer tooling). Over the coming weeks I hope to cover each of these areas in more detail.


DynaCache and WebSphere ESB/Process Server

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Building WebSphere ESB and Process Server on WebSphere Application Server means that they benefit from the scalability, reliability, transactionality and security of the underlying platform. Another advantage is that you, as a developer, have access to all of the underlying capabilities of the application server. In a recent article, Alan Hopkins (Dr Alan to you apparently!) demonstrated the use of the object cache to provide a shared variable between two modules. On a similar vein, another UK ISSW consultant Gabriel Telerman has just published a detailed tutorial describing how to use DynaCache from an SCA Java component to improve performance in a WebSphere ESB or Process Server environment. Now Gaby, can I have that pint now for the plug?

Version 7 announcement

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Two weeks ago I was a little pre-occupied with my own announcement and consequently failed to highlight the announcement for the next version of WebSphere ESB, Process Server and Integration Developer.