You are enjoying a beautiful summer weekend afternoon relaxing in the park and then the chaos lets loose. Your cell-phone starts ringing, not the soft timbres of your favorite Sci-Fi show, but the Red-Alert alarms from Star Trek’s Enterprise. No, the Klingons and Romulans haven’t attacked, it’s the hot line from IT Support center. There are problems with a critical system that has stopped communicating. The problem affects the company both internally and externally; orders can’t come in, invoices aren’t going out and manufacturing doesn’t know what it should be building. Literally, this system failure may have just given everybody the day off, and you the opportunity to start a new career as a Sherpa taking rich adventurers up the face of Mt. Everest. Continue reading
Camels can be stubborn and angry animals if you don’t take care of them. Lucky for you the EXTOL development team has figured out how to tame them. And we even taught them how to work with data!
Everywhere we look today we can see patterns. They’re in your shirt or tie. You witness traffic patterns (big or small) on your way to work. There are even patterns of integration – Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP). These patterns allow you to define standard ways of dealing with messaging systems. Examples of these patterns include content-based routing and wiretapping. Continue reading
In my previous blog post I talked about the SQL standard. It is tempting to visualize a standard as a list of rules nailed to a wall. However things in this industry have a habit of becoming a moving target. Continue reading
Successful EDI implementations must begin with the development and employment of efficient object naming conventions using “best practices”. This will avoid aggravation and redevelopment at a later time. “Doing it correctly the first time” is a most-relevant piece of advice. This is of particular advantage when creating files (tables) to store EDI data (the implementation and deployment of EDI interface / staging files and in support of both inbound and outbound EDI transactions).
My favorite part of building software is web development. I have been involved in building Web Services for EBI, Dashboard development for EEI and EBI, and I’m continuing to work on the web-based administration console for EBI 3x. A new project has cropped up where I get to do more web development. I’ve researched new frameworks that are available, and I’ve discovered that web development just got a lot more fun! Continue reading