I'm beginning an evaluation of IONA's Artix 5 release of their SOA Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).
As a small mental diversion (and just for fun), I've started doing some research on algorithms for solving Sudoku puzzles. This is of interest as a possible seed to form some ideas as the basis for developing a utility library that would provide methods for solving scheduling, optimization, planning, time table, and resource allocation problems based on Constraint Programming / Local Search approaches.
I'm also interested in exploring approaches to developing Rich Internet Application (RIA) user interfaces - using Flash / Flex technologies. A few resource links:
Creating rich Web service clients with Flash and Flex
Flex 2 SDK
Programming ActionScript 3.0
I've also recently completed a preliminary analysis for a client of the integration capabilities and challenges for the following applications: