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Currently employed as a consultant for the Application Platform Services division of by <a href=””>Burton Group</a>, a technology research and advisory firm. Previous software industry employers include: Systinet, Cisco, Netscape, and Prolifics. For the most part I was either a consultant or a sales/marketing engineer, with occasional stints in management.

I live on the North Shore of Massachusetts, but wish I was still living in Chicago. Married, two kids, one dog.

QCon wrap up

Update:  My slides are here.  However, they’re not as effective without the demo.
What’s left to say? It seems everyone who participated in the SOA track, as a speaker or attendee, has already posted their thoughts. And others who could not attend have run with Stefan’s notes (go backwards from that link to see [...]

Speaking at QCon Next Week

This is a long-delayed post.
Next week is QCon San Francisco. Stefan generously offered me a slot in the “Connecting SOA and the Web: How much REST do we need” track, alongside Steve Vinoski, Sanjiva Weerawarana, Dan Diephouse, and other luminaries. Woot.
For my part, I’ll be demonstrating the “ilities” of REST. Yes, rather [...]

The Human Condition

So the battle still rages over on SOA Discuss. However, the list server seems to have crapped out. So, while I haven’t been an active participant by any means, I’m pulling this from my sent mail folder and posting it here.
Anne Thomas Manes wrote:

The problem is caused by the root culture of IT [...]

Towards a better network programming taxonomy

Previously I defined and redefined some terms to be used when discussing networked systems. With feedback from Sam Ruby, Josh Haberman (in the comments), and Steve Jones, plus smoe more thought on my part, I would like to present a more refined version of the same. With this post I’d like to introduce [...]

What is SOA?

Once again the participants in the SOA discussion group have got themselves all riled up about what exactly SOA is and why it may or may not be working. Here’s my two cents. We’ll start with another history lesson. (Skip it and get to the meaty bits.)
Once upon a time, the employees of [...]

Slides from Roy’s presentation

Over on REST-Discuss, Roy Fielding dropped an innocuous message containing a link to the slides he’s delivering (has delivered) today at RailsConf Europe.  I’m pleased to see that much of the material lines up nicely with my own REST Easy workshop.

WordPress and Atompub Revisited

Tim beat me to the post, but as of around midnight last night we have no known issues with Atompub support in WordPress 2.3. Woot!
My dear departed father use to give me this piece of advice (left over from his Navy days), “never volunteer.” But I did, and I’m happier for it. [...]

REST Workshop Slides Available

You may or may not know about Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference that’s held twice a year; once in North America and once in Europe. But at the North American conference we offer in-depth, 4-8 hour workshops on a variety of subjects. This year, I created and delivered a four hour workshop on REST, [...]

On WordPress and Atompub

In my earlier post about appfs I noted that WordPress wasn’t up to snuff as far as supporting Atompub. Offline, Tim Bray, Elias Torres, and I had a brief discussion. It seems that many of the bugs that I’ve fixed, and many more besides, have already been fixed by Elias. The patch [...]

Mounting Atompub Resources Locally

Minor update:  A couple of errors in the installation instructions have been fixed and atom-tools has revved to 0.9.4, fixing all known issues.  If you’re using appfs, you should upgrade your atom-tools gem.
$ mkdir myblog
$ appfs.rb myblog
$ cd myblog
$ ls -l
dr-xr-xr-x 1 placey placey 4096 2007-08-02 11:25 WordPress_Workspace
$ cd WordPress_Workspace
$ ls -l
dr-xr-xr-x 1 placey placey [...]