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Geek Notes 2003-12-10

I spent another day in Matt Fangman’s BizTalk class today. Apparently a reader or two are either on the BizTalk team or know someone on the BizTalk team, because during the session Matt looked over at me and said, “Dude! A guy on the product team just sent me a link to your blog posting!”

Matt’s session was excellent. BTS2K4 is a significant release and has really got me thinking about SOAs. It seems like you could use a cluster of BizTalk to make adding a web service layer to an existing system a breeze. I’m not 100% sure yet, but it certainly seems like a possibility. Anyone care to comment?

  • SmoothWall 2.0 - This Linux firewall distribution has just released version 2.0. The screenshots look very nice. I recently went from a Linux-based firewall to a SonicWall but maybe I should go back. [via Slashdot]
  • Object Spaces Mapper - If you saw the Object Spaces demo at PDC, you saw this tool. Also up recently is the code and slides from that presentation. [via Invaluable Minutia]
  • WS-I Implementation Demo - A number of vendors and platforms are represented here. If you though WS-I was just specifications, you were wrong. Just for fun, compare the sizes of the .NET implementations with the Java ones. [via Christian Weyer’s Weblog]
  • Shadowfax Pre-Alpha Release - Shadowfax, the SOA reference architecture from the PAG team, has just released M0.1 Pre-Alpha code for review. Interesting timing given my thoughts above…