Friday, August 22, 2008

Mooshup has been upgraded

Mooshup has been upgraded and is running the 1.5.1 release of the WSO2 Mashup Server. Please have a look at the release note which includes all the features added in this new release.

The latest release is equipped with quite a few cool features which I plan to exploit in the coming days. If you are into mashups then I encourage you to visit Mooshup which is an online version of the WSO2 Mashup Server and get a feel of what the WSO2 Mashup Server can offer.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Learn About the Enterprise Capabilities in the WSO2 Mashup Server

There were several feature additions in the 1.5 release of the WSO2 Mashup Server. Among them were features that enable you to author Enterprise level mashups with ease. These features include support for message-level security (Authentication, Integrity ,Confidentiality) on mashups, and the ability to expose data sources such as a relational database, an Excel spreadsheet or a simple CSV file as a zero-coding Data Service.

Want to learn how to use these cool enterprise features in the WSO2 Mashup Server? Join this free webinar that will be presented by Jonathan Marsh the Director of Architecture for Mashup Technologies at WSO2.

WSO2 Mashup Server 1.5.1 Released

Its been just more over two weeks since we did the 1.5 release of the Mashup Server. This release fixes a couple of bugs that were present in the 1.5 release and also adds a few features (little) that we though were important. The bug fixes include
  • E-mail host object fix
  • Auto-generated stubs of data services fix
A few of the features (little) we've included are
  • Fixes to JMS and SMTP transports (Tried and Tested)
  • Ability to try services over JMS and SMTP (via script injection)
  • Provide the ability to manage a users private key
  • Minor usability issues fixed
You can have a look at the full list of fixes here. This release adds value to the plenty of cool features we added to the 1.5 release. Download it and tryit out yourself as its available freely under the Apache License.

As Jonathan has mentined in his blog post I will be working on a article on how you could use the JMS and SMTP transports with the Mashup Server. You would be amazed on how easy it is to do so...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Benefits of an Open Source SOA solution

Stumbled upon an interesting article on the benefits of an Open Source SOA solution, and I cant agree more with it. It lists 5 advantages of using Open Source to leverage SOA needs. They are,
  • Try before you buy
  • Lower cost of entry
  • Cost effective support
  • Core competency
  • For the people by the people
Let me elaborate on point 4 above (Core competency) with respect to WSO2. At WSO2 we've build a complete SOA platform from scratch. The core components we use was designed with SOA in mind. They were not mere afterthoughts.

The article also mentions WSO2 as a major open source stack provider. And its a pretty impressive stack at that, at WSO2 the whole SOA stack we have is open source. Products of this stack include the Fastest Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in the form of the WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), the award winning WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS a runtime for hosting services), the WSO2 Registry, the WSO2 Mashup Server (which helps you compose services using JavaScript with the E4X extension). In addition to this it also provides frameworks such as WSF/Spring, WSF/C and WSF C++ which help build/invoke services. It has also extended its frameworks to the various scripting languages in the form of WSF/PHP, WSF/Ruby, WSF/Python and WSF/Perl. All these frameworks help you build/invoke enterprise grade services which may have WS-Security, WS-Reliable Messaging, WS-Addressing etc...

WSO2 has been around for around 3 years and thats a pretty impressive product portfolio for a company that young.