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Best UDDI Registries

Posted by Vivek on January 27, 2009

UDDI service registry is of paramount importance when it comes to providing a SOA Governance solution. A service registry stores metadata that is related to the particular asset you have interest in, without actually containing those assets.  It is essentially an online directory of services that enables the service providers to advertise their offerings and allowing service consumers to find services that match their criteria. It provides a foundation for the governance and lifecycle management of Business Services. It provides with what is needed to obtain enterprise-wide insight, control and economic leverage of organization’s business and service artifacts. The registry also supports metadata like classifications, categorizations, relationships and properties. These metadata are then used to define taxonomies, describe how service artifacts are related to each other and associate generic as well as object specific characteristics for service artifacts.

Here are some UDDI registries that are widely used in organizations:

1. Systinet Registry (now HP SOA Systinet Registry)  

2. Oracle Service Registry : It is a modified version of Systinet Registry. Remodeled according to Oracle needs.

3. Aqualogic Service Registry: Again a modified version of Systinet Registry.

4. IBM Web Services Registry Repository

5. TIBCO ActiveMatrix: Again a modified version of Systinet Registry.

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Oracle in Middleware

Posted by Vivek on September 21, 2008

Oracle has an array of products for building a strong middleware. Oracle has done everything it can to provide integration solutions to its customers. But not all are happy with these solutions. You can see some curt replies on forums or ask any oracle developer.

If you complain about deployment and usabilities of Oracle Enterprise software, you just know the tip of an iceberg.

When you are (God forbids) unlucky enough to get hired as a Senior Software Developer for Oracle, you will see the full horrible iceberg.

First of all, their enterprise software architecture is bad, and based on all the principles of “How to write slow and unreliable Java code”. They use EJB, RMI and all distributed technologies unnecessarily, for no particular reason, except to amuse themselves, and torture their customers.

Second of all, a lot of Oracle enterprise applications claim to be J2EE applications, but contain a lot of Active X and proprietary javascript code for Internet Explorer, so they run only with Internet Explorer.

Third of all, they have very bad intergration strategy between Oracle products, so some Oacle products run very well (well here means relatively less bugs) with every other Application Server, except Oracle Application Server 😉

Forth of all, they don’t have good practice about Refactoring, Code review, Test first Development, only have theory, so the quality of Oracle’s code is terrible.

Fifth of all, they have a very funny build process for J2EE application, which involves 10 different tools, from simple javac to Ant to Unix shell sh, m4 interepreter to Cruise Control, perl script, yapp and God know what else. But I swear that one day I really counted them, and there were 10 different things in all. Why the hell they cannot use Ant and Cruise Control, or if they must, use either Perl or Sh script? But they use 10 different things. Thanks God they don’t include C# and Visual Basic into the build process.

Sixth of all, they don’t have incremental build for some enterprise applications, so each time a developer change some thing in one file, he has to build the whole thing, and deploy the whole J2EE app again.

Seventh of all, Oracle Application Server is the second worst J2EE application server in the whole industry. (The worst is IBM Websphere). Even some Oracle enterprise products cannot be deployed reliably on OAS, while they can be deployed fairly easy on Weblogic or any other things. The performance of OAS is terribly bad, although they advertise something else on Oracle Website. And the Management Console is a typical study case about “How to design bad User Interface”.

The last, but not least, that the team spririt in Oracle development team sucks. I don’t even want to go into the details.

Of all other things, Oracle Collaboration Suite, Oracle iProcurement and Oracle HR tools …, I think Oracle produces those kinds of software to take revenge on their customers, make their lives miserable. There is nothing that is more difficult and inconvenient to use than those Oracle hacky wacky products.

So except database which has been developed since Larry Ellison’s time, all other Oracle products suck.

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Oracle-o-phobia

Posted by Vivek on July 27, 2008

Came across a very good post on Oracle forum. Worth mentioning as there are lot of people experiencing problems with oracle products.

Oracle BPEL + Oc4j + Jdeveloper = brain damage

We have been using Oracle BPEL 10.1.2.0.2 and now upgraded to 10.1.3.3.0 (oc4j, bpel and jdeveloper) when I came into contact with it.

Since then, we ran into loads of bugs that didn’t accelerate our development as Oracle promises, but slows us down by a factor of 3 at least.

Just to name a few issues:
– 10.1.3.3.0 is not 100% stable in cluster mode. Deployment of processes fails randomly, they have to be redeployed several times. Before deployment, you have to undeploy old version to minimize risk of this problem.
– XSDs, XSLTs in BPEL process are sometimes not refreshed after deployment, resulting in reporting bugs that shouldnt exist.
– Oracle parser V2 cannot parse XML correctly, in certain cases when elements are separated by line feeds, it reports “null” elements.
– the whole oc4j uses old JAXB, leading to insurmountable problems if you try to use anything that requires newer version
– if you hope that you can fix problems with Oracle support, forget it, they will want an Oracle web conference with you for every bug. The process takes several days, and in most cases you will solve the issue before them.
– oc4j/opmn binding to multiple IP addresses is not functional, although according to manual it should work
– JDeveloper randomly deletes source code from other projects when deleting web service proxies
– JDeveloper can’t refactor java if the code is in SVN, it leads to corrupt project
– JDeveloper cant delete web service proxies correctly, it leaves old files on disk
– JDeveloper sometimes cant import java code, java sources dont appear in JDeveloper
– JDeveloper generated deserializing code for web service proxies is buggy, cant deserialize null Double, Integer etc. Sometimes it generates code that first uses obejct, and then checks for null …
– if JDeveloper is run from directory containing a space, it doesnt work correctly, unexpected bugs can occur. For example after adding email activity to BPEL project it becomes uncompilable. According to Oracle support this is ok, its mentioned in installation guide and is fully standard nowadays.
– JDeveloper BPEL designer is known to give errors like “Error: null” or ‘Reason: “” ‘ during compilation, meaning its impossible to fix probleme easily.
– in BPEL designer, xpath expression checking is not done, if something is wrong, project compiles but then leads to weird exceptions when deployed.
– when using switch activity, and string xpath in it like xp20:ends-with(), the content must be explicitly converted to string() or you get FOTY001 type error during runtime.
– when using transform activity in bpel designer, if you do not assign certain output nodes, they are deleted from the XML, so no further assign activities work on it.
– as we use custom bpel security module, we found out the BPEL runtime incorrectly passes information about domains when calling process from other domain from another process – leading to weird error that called process doesnt exist.
– when using transformations, bpel designer often says transformation is ok, but then in runtime you get FOTY001 type error, with no hint where the problem might be…
– correlation sets are not working under certain circumstances
– no refactoring in bpel designer, you cant even copy certain activities and paste them elsewhere. So you have to click, click, click everything again or copy in source code
– assign and transform activies are particularly touchy on whether there is element with some data, whether there is no element, or nil element. If the element is missing in input and you use assign copy on it, you are in trouble.
– icons in bpel designer are too big, if zooming is used, activity editing dialogs cannot be used
– when using JDeveloper generated web service proxies to invoke bpel processes, virtually only strings can be passed, if you pass anything else back, you will get various deserialization errors due to badly generated jdeveloper code
– if Oracle support on metalink cant replicate the problem, the problem “doesnt exist”.
– if you tell Oracle support you are going to use another product, they ask whether you still want to continue working on fixing reported bug. Obviously if you dont use oc4j, bugs in it dont need to be fixed.

I can’t imagine any serious company using JDeveloper and oc4j as these 2 are a deadly combination resulting in brain damage.

If you are considering buying BPEL or using Oc4j, think carefully, better take my warning seriously and look for other solutions until Oracle gets its problems sorted out.

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