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The DataServices World conference in Silicon Valley provides an opportunity on November 20, 2008 to put data services under a microscope. The conference is co-located with Cloud Computing Expo, SOAWorld and Virtualization Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San, Jose, California. The emergence of XML-based web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA) accelerated a trend towards distributed computing and layered software. The adoption of component-based programming and layered software increased with adoption of client-server and multi-tier architecture for enterprise applications. Since grid computing, web-oriented architecture (WOA) and cloud computing gained traction, a design that moves data access logic into a separate data services layer has become critical for performance and scalability. WOA, SOA, mobile, desktop and multi-mode applications often requir... (more)

'There's Too Much Confusion!'

In the past year I've encountered much confusion about XML and the role of databases. If you're among the confused, don't feel bad. XML is the technology du jour and there's a steady stream of new information. Vendors are competing for mindshare, so their white papers and product literature add to the confusion about databases and XML servers. In addition, many developers simply don't understand databases. To help reduce the confusion, this article examines some database concepts and looks at solutions related to XML, data access, databases and data integration. XML enables us t... (more)