Mid South Software Symposium
April 23 - 25, 2010 - Memphis, TN
Evolving towards REST-based Enterprise Integration
This talk describes an agile approach to architecture, and merges the current state-of-the-art thinking in both service oriented architectures(SOA) and web-based architectures like HTTP, REST, and hypermedia.
We're drowning in needless complexity in the enterprise architecture space: heavy, bloated tools, complex middleware, just-in-case architectural decisions, and vendor-itus. The side effect of all that complexity drives us further from our goals: architecture that is simple, free, supports business goals, loosely coupled, and evolvable. This session describes how to use web technologies (HTTP, REST, hypermedia, etc.) to implement robust, scalable enterprise architecture. This session shows a variety of different ways to attack this problem, with advantages and disadvantages for each, evolving towards the current state-of-the-art of REST-based architectures. This talk is based on original research and development done by ThoughtWorks, and represents the current state of the art in building truly scalable enterprise architectures. This topic combines the subjects of service oriented architecture with web technologies to create a hybrid providing you with the benefits of both approaches. You can build robust, scalable enterprise architecture that allows individual applications to evolve independently and rapidly. This talk describes how to make SOA suck less
About Neal Ford
Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery.
Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis.
He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at http://www.nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at email@example.com.More About Neal »