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Computational mechanisms for norm enforcement in Service-Oriented Architectures

Behind this complicated title lies the thesis for my Master of Advanced Studies, or DEA as we call it here in Spain. Apart from evaluating the research done in a specific field, it includes the proposal for a thesis in order to get the PhD. I had to defend this document last February, which means that now I have an approved topic for the next couple of years to write my dissertation and finish the PhD. That means, more work incoming! :)

The document presents a proposal for a distributed architecture that will allow for:

  1. Definition of high-level contracts readable and understandable by services,
  2. Proper monitorization of the service states and interactions relevant for the fulfillment of these contracts, and
  3. The implementation of third parties responsible for analyzing these observations and enforcing the norms.

The main idea behind all this stuff is, on one side, to create implicit service institutions, and on the other side, to complement and implement SOA Governance methodologies from a norm enforcement perspective.

In case anybody is curious about all this (I’d be really glad :P) I include here the final version of the document and the slides I used for the defense.

Computational Mechanisms for Norm Enforcement in Service-Oriented Architectures (Sergio Alvarez-Napagao) PDF – 1.9Mb


Found at the comments of a blog post about REST and SOAP:

Hey y’all, youse using you a big bunch of words that the average fella don’t understand. REST, SOAP, PUT, GET, POST, COUCH? WHAT?

The only time I use these words is when I come home from work, I do stuff like

Tell ma wife to GET me a beer, fall on the COUCH, PUT my legs on the table, check if I got any new POST, switch to channel RPC to see what game is on. And when it’s time to sleep, go put on some SOAP, before I go to the bed and REST.

Johnny McBob McCormick, August 15, 2008 4:04 AM

The future of quality university education in informatics

The future of quality university education in informatics is a keynote and panel discussion that will be held tomorrow at UPC. It’s quite a short notice and the space is presumably limited, but I’m just forwarding this for those who might think it could be interesting.

The main topic of the debate is the need to preserve a high quality university education system with special focus on informatics.

Location, date/time: Aula Màster (UPC Campus Nord), March 17th, 9am

Keynote Lecturer: Andreu Mas-Colell

Moderator: Manuel Hermenegildo

Panelists: Josep Casanovas, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Carlos Domingo, Jan Van Leeuwen, José Rolim

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