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Scaling out like Technorati

My fellow World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, David Sifry, the founder of Technorati, was also in Dalian, China for the “Meeting of New Champions” or “Summer Davos” as the Chinese like to call it. During Davos in January, I had the great misfortune of pitching Alfresco against Technorati in a competition between tech pioneer companies.

September 17, 2007 by John Newton


Jimmy Wales and Enterprise Wikis

At the Summer Davos in Dalian, China, I was able to speak to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, about wikis in the enterprise. Wikipedia has become not only the world’s most popular wiki, but the ninth most popular web site in the world.

September 14, 2007 by John Newton


Summer Davos in Dalian China

Last week I was in Dalian, China for the World Economic Forum Inaugural Meeting of the New Champions. That’s a mouthful, so the Chinese simply called it the “Summer Davos”.

September 14, 2007 by John Newton


REST-style architecture in the real world

A couple of weeks ago, I presented REST to the IT staff in the London division of a major US investment bank. Out of something like 100 people, only a small number of people had ever heard of REST.

July 9, 2007 by John Newton


Is Relational Relevant?

Last week, some friends of mine from Ingres, the early relational database management system, attended a retrospective on relational database systems held at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley with other database pioneers from Oracle, Informix, IBM and Sybase. I was an early employee at Ingres which was the second best selling relational database until it unwound itself and eventually got sold.

June 20, 2007 by John Newton


Microsoft needs REST

Apparently, Microsoft is diverging from the rest of the Web 2.0 world on how to approach integration and mashups.

June 18, 2007 by John Newton


REST Battles SOAP for the Future of Information Services

There has been some subterranean discussion in the content management standards arena about what is the best way to support the interoperability of content services with applications. Should vendors support content services through the myriad of web services support layers that have been developed over the last decade?

May 25, 2007 by John Newton