Saturday, July 14, 2007

2007-07-14 Saturday

I recently downloaded some XML tools from Altova (Altova® MissionKit™ 2007 for Enterprise Software Architects) from what I have found so far - the tool set seems to be a good value for the $1,790 USD price. It includes the following:

XMLSpy® 2007 Enterprise Edition
MapForce® 2007 Enterprise Edition
StyleVision® 2007 Enterprise Edition
UModel® 2007
DatabaseSpy™ 2007
DiffDog® 2007
SchemaAgent™ 2007
SemanticWorks™ 2007

I've been looking for resources to incorporate into an Enterprise Ontology for a client's Enterprise SOA project. One of the resources that I think may be of use:

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 348 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications.

See the OGC Schema Repository.

Sometimes we as technologist are guilty of over-engineering solutions. The goal of retaining architectural "purity" can be a sin when it results in more complexity than is required to solve a particular problem. This "evil" may manifest itself in various forms. The following was humorously posted on slashdot - but illustrates the kind of over-kill that can arise:

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