Let’s stop saying: ‘The end of… whatever technology’

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 18 Sep, 2018

I have a favor to ask you: Can we please stop saying the end of …..and then whatever technology you hope will stop using? If we have learned one thing over the 30 or 40 years that we have been doing IT, is that technology and software have a remarkable longevity. Look the COBOL language. COBOL stands for Common Business Oriented Language and first appeared in 1959. Almost 60 years ago we saw the first COBOL programs appear in the market. At one point COBOL was the language for business use but its popularity waned. But the simple fact that something is not popular doesn’t mean that it’s not still around! The Dutch tax authority has a summer school for students teaching them among others: you guessed it, COBOL. On their website one of their employees expects COBOL to be around for another two decades or so. But it’s not just Cobol. It is also all of the other languages that we welcomed into our IT landscapes and IT departments. Many of the payment processing systems in banks are written in COBOL. So, let’s stop declaring technology as being dead since in IT we mostly add technology to our IT landscape than deprecate it.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, ESB, Digital Transformation, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Digital Strategy, Strategy

Smart Things

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 21 Aug, 2018

The word Smart is often misused in marketing. Just slap that word in front of any device and suddenly you have a device capable of doing the most amazing things. We have smart fridges, smart thermostats and even smart underwear with sensors woven in the undies and bras that will measure vitals like heart rate, temperature, pressure, motion and so on. Really, I am not kidding. I believe that, unless you are a top athlete or have a chronic condition that needs monitoring, you need to be a bit of a data fetishist to wear such garments. What I mean with smart is not only connected but also capable of adding value by means of its ‘smartness’.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, ESB, IoT, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Strategy, Machine Learning

Automated testing of WSO2 ESB / WSO2 EI services - part 2

Posted by Thijs Volders on 26 Oct, 2017

In my previous blog post we had a look at the tools that we are going to use for automated testing of WSO2 ESB / WSO2 EI services. In this blog, I’ll test a service (REST API) which transforms a REST request into a SOAP request, invokes a back-end service stub and finally transforms the SOAP response into a REST response. After all this blog is not about writing nice meaningful services, it is about testing services. I will deep dive into the Jenkinsfile and I’ll explain the service I’m testing.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

Automated testing of WSO2 ESB / WSO2 EI services - part 1

Posted by Thijs Volders on 19 Oct, 2017

Everybody knows (or should know) that automated testing is a must when you develop applications. If you don’t test your software, you run a big risk of releasing software that doesn’t function well. Although testing doesn’t guarantee your software is bug free, it will decrease the number of bugs in your released software. Most developers find testing boring and time consuming, that’s exactly why a lot of testing is, or should be, done automatically: Automated testing tools don’t get distracted, bored or whatever but do the task without complaints and reports back on the results.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus