Monthly Archives: December 2005

New year’s intentions

“Resolution” is a bit strong; so, I’m going with “intention” instead.

Looking back on 2005, I intend to focus during 2006 on the following subject (in no particular order):

  • More reflections on the books I read
  • Enterprise content management (ECM) – including email archiving, identity management, basic content services (BCS)
  • Open source projects of note
  • WinFS – Microsoft’s next-generation integrated storage
  • Similarities and differences between .NET and J2EE
  • Services and SOA
  • Areas of personal expertise and/or passion

I’m sure that I’ll still take some space to share aspects of my life outside work and to describe how my site continues to evolve. However, I intend to tip the balance in favor of professional content. Perhaps in the process I will benefit from more interaction with my readership, but I know what is in my control and what I can only hope to influence. :-)

My intention stated here is motivated in part by my recent read of The Success of Open Source. That is, open source credits its membership based more on creation (evidence of skill) than it does on credential. It’s still always a good idea to have an up-to-date resume and to leverage tools like LinkedIn, but blogging is living and evolving evidence of being “fit for purpose.”

New Theme Imagery

It’s fair to say that Peter Gabriel‘s Up CD artwork inspired my brother to create my current theme imagery. I grabbed the link colors from his latter two-disc Hit release. Appropriately, the teal is from the second “Miss” (or not-yet-visited) CD; the magenta is from the first “Hit” (visited) CD. Like I said in my previous post, WordPress upgrades are so dead-simple that they yield time for other things. :-)

Content, not containers

[Via Bill McCoy] I’ve been thinking about the increasingly fluid nature of content for some time. Jeff Jarvis published an essay that is aligned with this report and my thoughts, too. Recommended.

I see a strong parallels forming between message pipelines in services and content streams in document formats. For example, the presence of special SOAP headers can lead to particular routing and processing behaviors just like the presence of special manifests in meta-formats like OASIS Open Document Format (ODF) for Office Applications and Microsoft Open Office XML Formats. I hope to post on this in the future.