Microservices Expo Authors: Elizabeth White, Aruna Ravichandran, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Cameron Van Orman

Related Topics: Microservices Expo

Microservices Expo: Article

BEA WebLogic Workshop

BEA WebLogic Workshop

Once upon a time, back before the turn of the century, there was a buzzword in the industry called CASE - computer-aided software engineering. In a nutshell, CASE would take the various models and requirements gathered by software analysts and automatically generate production-ready application code. At the time, the concept had me scared to death. The idea, of course, was that if you could get the software to write all the code, you wouldn't need any programmers. Luckily, the idea fizzled out like most of the crazes to hit the industry. Or did it?

Software has become so complex that it's increasingly difficult to develop and maintain the literally hundreds of modules and configuration settings that comprise today's sophisticated Web application. Try to deploy the application as a Web service, and the problem compounds itself with all the SOAP-related XML protocols. It seems as though we mere mortals cannot grasp the entire picture alone, and those of us who have managed to get such a system into production spend a good part of our time plugging up the holes in the software dike. Luckily, help is on the way in the form of software tools and products that not only assist us in the overall design and development of Web services, but do most of the heavy lifting for us when it comes to configuration and deployment. This is what BEA Workshop is all about.

Architectural Overview
In order to fully appreciate the power behind Workshop, you need to know a bit about Java Web Services (JWS), an up-and-coming standard in the J2EE world. Similar to how Java code is embedded in a JSP file, Java code contained within a JWS file is interpreted by the application server and deployed as a fully functioning Web service.

JWS allows you to take a standard method call in a Java class and, by adding one or more JavaDoc-based annotations, instruct the application server to expose the method as a Web service port, taking care of all of the details.

Another important feature of the JWS standard is XML mapping. Unlike some Web service integration products that do not expose the XML too readily, Workshop allows you to bind an element in the SOAP message directly to a method parameter. This allows the service to maintain its public contract (the underlying SOAP interface) while making changes to the implementation. For a good introduction, see the article "JWS: Web Services in Java" in the April 2002 issue of WSJ (Vol. 2, issue 4).

Workshop comes with an integrated development environment - a Design View - that contains a visual representation (see Figure 1) of the Web service, a runtime framework, control architecture, XML mapping facility, integrated testing and debugging, and more. Using the underlying JWS architecture, Workshop allows developers to create and deploy Web services just by creating and configuring objects in a "painter-like" interface. Within the Design View, you set up one or more public interfaces for the Web service and connect various control interfaces to EJB components, database objects, etc., to the service. The underlying Java code you write integrates the various control interfaces into a functioning Web service (see Figure 2). You only need the JWS file for your code. A knowledge of DO programming is not necessary.



The beta version I used for this review came bundled with a pre-release version of the BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 and WebLogic Builder, which is a graphical tool for configuring and deploying J2EE application modules.

Building a Web Service
Building and deploying your Web service is easy and seamless. Initiate the build and you're only a few seconds away from testing the interface in the test harness. If all goes well when you compile the JWS file (i.e., no coding errors on your part), the process of building and deploying a service to the WebLogic server is automatic and works each and every time.

Long Live the Transaction
Out of the box, Workshop provides you with the ability to easily set up and manage long-lived, asynchronous transactions. Transaction state and management is maintained by the Workshop JWS framework, so there isn't much you need to do to set one up. To start a conversation, just set up the appropriate property values in the Design View. Parts of the Web service need to run single threaded? No problem. Using the properties pane, just configure a JMS messaging queue into the SOAP operation and you're done. The underlying JWS framework will do all the work for you in a J2EE-compliant manner.

First Impressions
The first thing that hits you when you look at the Design View is how clean and visually appealing the GUI design is. It's one of those products that cause you to mutter "cool" under your breath when you first see it. The GUI design is well organized and very intuitive to use. The complete development cycle is quick and seamless in operation. You can easily run through a complete test cycle in under a minute.

Workshop has the potential to be a very powerful tool in the development and deployment of large and complex Web services, where you can literally see how a Web service fits together and works. Combined with the new release of WLS, it becomes a very impressive platform indeed.


BEA Systems, Inc.
2315 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95131
Tele: 1.800.817.4232
Web: www.bea.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Download Info:

Test Environment:
OS: Windows-XP
Hardware: Dell Inspiron 8000

More Stories By Joe Mitchko

Joe Mitchko is the editor-in-chief of WLDJ and a senior technical specialist for a leading consulting services company.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
We all know that end users experience the Internet primarily with mobile devices. From an app development perspective, we know that successfully responding to the needs of mobile customers depends on rapid DevOps – failing fast, in short, until the right solution evolves in your customers' relationship to your business. Whether you’re decomposing an SOA monolith, or developing a new application cloud natively, it’s not a question of using microservices – not doing so will be a path to eventual b...
Transforming cloud-based data into a reportable format can be a very expensive, time-intensive and complex operation. As a SaaS platform with more than 30 million global users, Cornerstone OnDemand’s challenge was to create a scalable solution that would improve the time it took customers to access their user data. Our Real-Time Data Warehouse (RTDW) process vastly reduced data time-to-availability from 24 hours to just 10 minutes. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Mark Goldin, Chief Technolo...
Digital transformation leaders have poured tons of money and effort into coding in recent years. And with good reason. To succeed at digital, you must be able to write great code. You also have to build a strong Agile culture so your coding efforts tightly align with market signals and business outcomes. But if your investments in testing haven’t kept pace with your investments in coding, you’ll lose. But if your investments in testing haven’t kept pace with your investments in coding, you’ll...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, will describe how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launchi...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In their Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, and Mark Lav...
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
Containers are rapidly finding their way into enterprise data centers, but change is difficult. How do enterprises transform their architecture with technologies like containers without losing the reliable components of their current solutions? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Tony Campbell, Director, Educational Services at CoreOS, will explore the challenges organizations are facing today as they move to containers and go over how Kubernetes applications can deploy with lega...
Today most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes significant work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reducti...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
Is advanced scheduling in Kubernetes achievable? Yes, however, how do you properly accommodate every real-life scenario that a Kubernetes user might encounter? How do you leverage advanced scheduling techniques to shape and describe each scenario in easy-to-use rules and configurations? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, will answer these questions and demonstrate techniques for implementing advanced scheduling. For example, using spot instances ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Academy is the leading technology training platform for enterprise multi-cloud infrastructure. Cloud Academy is trusted by leading companies to deliver continuous learning solutions across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most...
The last two years has seen discussions about cloud computing evolve from the public / private / hybrid split to the reality that most enterprises will be creating a complex, multi-cloud strategy. Companies are wary of committing all of their resources to a single cloud, and instead are choosing to spread the risk – and the benefits – of cloud computing across multiple providers and internal infrastructures, as they follow their business needs. Will this approach be successful? How large is the ...
Many organizations adopt DevOps to reduce cycle times and deliver software faster; some take on DevOps to drive higher quality and better end-user experience; others look to DevOps for a clearer line-of-sight to customers to drive better business impacts. In truth, these three foundations go together. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 21st Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, industry experts will discuss how leading organizations build application success from all...
DevSecOps – a trend around transformation in process, people and technology – is about breaking down silos and waste along the software development lifecycle and using agile methodologies, automation and insights to help get apps to market faster. This leads to higher quality apps, greater trust in organizations, less organizational friction, and ultimately a five-star customer experience. These apps are the new competitive currency in this digital economy and they’re powered by data. Without ...
A common misconception about the cloud is that one size fits all. Companies expecting to run all of their operations using one cloud solution or service must realize that doing so is akin to forcing the totality of their business functionality into a straightjacket. Unlocking the full potential of the cloud means embracing the multi-cloud future where businesses use their own cloud, and/or clouds from different vendors, to support separate functions or product groups. There is no single cloud so...
For most organizations, the move to hybrid cloud is now a question of when, not if. Fully 82% of enterprises plan to have a hybrid cloud strategy this year, according to Infoholic Research. The worldwide hybrid cloud computing market is expected to grow about 34% annually over the next five years, reaching $241.13 billion by 2022. Companies are embracing hybrid cloud because of the many advantages it offers compared to relying on a single provider for all of their cloud needs. Hybrid offers bala...
With the modern notion of digital transformation, enterprises are chipping away at the fundamental organizational and operational structures that have been with us since the nineteenth century or earlier. One remarkable casualty: the business process. Business processes have become so ingrained in how we envision large organizations operating and the roles people play within them that relegating them to the scrap heap is almost unimaginable, and unquestionably transformative. In the Digital ...
These days, APIs have become an integral part of the digital transformation journey for all enterprises. Every digital innovation story is connected to APIs . But have you ever pondered over to know what are the source of these APIs? Let me explain - APIs sources can be varied, internal or external, solving different purposes, but mostly categorized into the following two categories. Data lakes is a term used to represent disconnected but relevant data that are used by various business units wit...
The nature of the technology business is forward-thinking. It focuses on the future and what’s coming next. Innovations and creativity in our world of software development strive to improve the status quo and increase customer satisfaction through speed and increased connectivity. Yet, while it's exciting to see enterprises embrace new ways of thinking and advance their processes with cutting edge technology, it rarely happens rapidly or even simultaneously across all industries.
It has never been a better time to be a developer! Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. FaaS is the concept of serverless computing via serverless architectures. Software developers can leverage this to deploy an individual "function", action, or piece of business logic. They are expected to start within milliseconds...