So many times when I’ve attended conferences with “SOA” in the agenda have I been disappointed by the sheer amount of “blah blah blah” that has crept into the content. This year’s second QCon conference in San Francisco had an SOA track which was anything but “blah blah blah.” Over the course of the day Stefan Tilkov presided over Steve Vinoski, Sanjiva Weerawarana, Pete Lacey, and Dan Diephouse, as they belted out some of the most intensely interesting and intelligent talks on Web Services and Web-based services that I have been privileged to hear.
In the audience the like of Stu Charlton, Glen Daniels, Patrick Logan, and (from time to time) Martin Fowler and my other ThoughtWorks buddies Josh Graham, Chad Wathington, Ola Bini really upped the ante with seriously good questioning and input into the very open-format talks.
The fact that WSDL was singled out as the single most harmful technology ever was probably the most refreshing theme of the day even though poor Sanjiva took quite a bashing over it. I felt so bad about the WSDL-bashing I did in my talk that it turns out that I promised to hug him later, in a Borat style. Of course I did this publicly at the end of my talk :-)
My talk on Web Services and Web-based services (that whole MEST and REST thing) seemed to have been reasonably well received though I’m sure it was mostly my South Park graphics and Eric Cartman impressions that won the crowd over. Or that I said the word “porn” a few times, that also seems to help in a geek crowd. Technically I got good feedback from Glen that the Starbucks Web-based workflow was a good way of demonstrating how services might be engineered in a Web-centric way.
I’m not sure that InfoQ will be necessarily posting my video since, as Dan points out, it was pretty much R-rated, but I’ve uploaded my slides (also in PowerPoint 2003 format) in case you’re interested. All in all I am one very happy and enthused camper right now. What a fantastic track at what has turned out to be a fabulous conference. I’m looking forward to London next year!