EMC World 2011: RESTful SOA and the Spring Framework

Very excited that I get to see Cornelia Davis speak this year. Last year I had to go catch a train during her presentation so I wasn’t going to miss this year. Conelia used to be part of Documentum (eRoom before that) and is now a Senior Technologist with EMC’s CTO Office. This topic is pretty important because I think that this framework is influencing the Next Generation Content Server (NGIS).

  • Goal: Establish an integration architecture that will help EMC bring together its own and partner products.
  • In the cloud, every traditional server layer needs to be able to scale out, and back, on-demand
  • REST (REpresentational State Transfer) is an architectural style
    • Identification and addressability of resources, resource-oriented (documents, presentations, data streams…)
    • Uniform interface, fixed set of operations
    • Manipulation of resources through representations of the object
    • Hypermedia as the engine of application state, hyperlink your resources
  • Interface is defined by a set of resources that are addressable
    • Data is king
    • Relationships between entities are part of the representation (hyperlinks)
    • URLs provide a hierarchical, global address space suitable for a cloud-based applications
    • Achieve scale through a layered, cache-rich infrastructure
  • Agreed to a fixed set of operations (e.g.GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PUT, POST, DELETE, PATCH)
  • Uniform Interface: Safe
    • A safe operation is one that can be invoked 0,1, or more times leaving the resource unchanged
    • GET and HEAD should be safe, if not must
    • Allows the infrastructure to optimize certain operations
  • Uniform Interface: Idempotent operation is one that is invoked 1+ times with same result. Safe operations, PUT and DELETE are Indempotent
  • Uniform Interface: Cacheable. GET is cacheable. Stable URLs are critical to this
  • Stateless is important. Overlooked in discussions because it is assumed
  • Using Patient Medical Records as an example
  • [Lots of solid technical code and such. Notes won’t cut it. Will link to the presentation]
  • Spring does well with Named Resources and Defined Uniform Interface. 75% on media types, Link to other resources is missing and you have to do it yourself.
  • REST XML Framework is available on the Developer Network. Reduces java coding by using XML on the front and back.
  • Model-View-Controller (XML tech drives all of this in the framework, including XProc)
    • Controller is the guts. Has business logic and updates the Model.
    • Model is the application model. (Patient)
    • View renders the model
  • Using Documentum xDB for persistence
  • XProc is a standard that allows you to wire together XML processing steps. Calumet is the EMC tool that implements XProc. It is now integrated with Documentum.
  • Use XSLT for hyperlink insertion as it addresses the where and “look” of the hyperlinks
  • Loose Coupling = Greater Agility
  • Version 3 posted today to EDN, Moves to Spring

Going to need to get the presentation and absorb as she ran out of time and this is great stuff. I’ll make sure I link the presentation to this post if at all possible. Off to see Jeroen speak now. Going to get coffee, but not sure that is going to be enough.


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