Gregor Hohpe SOA - Same Old Architecture I often have angst about how my relatively narrow focus on web presentation technologies, and faces in specific, is potentially career limiting. Therefore, I'm taking steps to look up and look around. Mr. Hohpe's talk is such a step. He has so much to say about SOA, and appears to understand the software development practice on its own very well. So attending the talk, while I won't retain nearly all of the content, is very valuable. I'll put his book Enterprise Integration Patterns on my Safari bookshelf. By the way, I think it's really great that Sun pays for all of its employees to have access to the Safari Books service. Regarding the talk itself, a good point that ties into my angst is that architectural patterns don't evolve that fast, but the vendor economics dictates that they want their products to evolve and sell quickly, so they spin it so the state of the art seems to be evolving very quickly.