June 17, 2003
McDonnell Douglas Auditorium, University of California, Irvine

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Web Services & Distributed Objects:
Architectures for Decentralized Applications

Abstract: This panel will compare and contrast how, and whether, two widely-touted approaches will integrate applications across the Internet. On one hand is tried-and-tested technology for distributed object development such as CORBA; on the other is a wave of hype around so-called 'Web Services' and standards such as SOAP and XML. The new challenge is one of decentralization: going beyond departmental- or enterprise-scale integration towards assembling services from multiple, independent organizations. Some of the key questions our panelists will explore will be: Are these technologies essentially similar, or is there something new here? Are these challenges fundamentally different? and how to choose the right tool for the job.

Panelist Bio: Rohit Khare founded KnowNow in 2000 based on his doctoral research at the Information and Computer Science department at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on next-generation protocols for HTTP and proactive event notification services with Prof. Richard N. Taylor. Rohit's participation in Internet standards development with world renowned technical teams at MCI's Internet Architecture group and the World Wide Web Consortium at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, where he focused on security and eCommerce issues, led him to found 4K Associates as well as editing the World Wide Web Journal for O'Reilly & Associates. Rohit received a B.S. in Economics and in Engineering and Applied Science with honors from Caltech in 1995 and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Software Engineering from UC Irvine in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Panelist Bio:. Henrik Frystyk Nielsen (frystyk@microsoft.com) represents Microsoft in the XML Protocol WG together with Paul Cotton. He is the editor of the SOAP/1.1 spec submitted [1] to the W3C (became a W3C Note [2] on May 8). Other specs he has been co-authored in the past include HTTP/1.0 [3], HTTP/1.1 [4], and the HTTP Extension Framework [5]. He is primarily interested in the Web as a decentralized, distributed information space. He worked at W3C from 1995 to 1999 where he led the HTTP, the HTTP-NG, and the Web Characterization Activities. From 1994-95 he worked at CERN as a student under Tim Berners-Lee.

[1] http://www.w3.org/Submission/2000/05/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/SOAP/
[3] http://www.normos.org/ietf/rfc/rfc1945.txt
[4] http://www.normos.org/ietf/rfc/rfc2616.txt
[5] http://www.normos.org/ietf/rfc/rfc2774.txt

Panelist Bio: Mark Thomsen is a founder of Alodar Systems, Inc., a Southern California software engineering consultancy. He has two decades of experience in project management, databases, and object technology. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

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