Friday Mar 12, 2010

Official opening of :-)

With the future uncertain, and things changing around me, I feel it inappropriate to have my own articles associated with the employer of the moment, whomever that may be from time to time. As a consequence I transferred all the articles I posted from to my own blog site, is the site where I will be posting all future articles. I declare officially open :-)
While I am migrating my blog to some links in older posts may be broken. For as long as it works, go to the find the post with the identical title.

Friday Jan 08, 2010

Public references to some of the things I did over the years

Java CAPS Basics Book:

Michael's Sun Java CAPS Field Technical Tips Blog:

Michael's new Blog site:

Java CAPS Basics Book review: Services and SOAP

Java CAPS Basics Book Comment:

JavaOne2008 Presentation: Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite: Implementing Selected EAI Patterns, TS-5301, JavaOne Online Technical Sessions, JavaOne 2008

Java CAPS Basics Book and JavaOne 2008 Presentation Comment:

IT Toolbox Member Profile:

Key participation in Health Interoperability Showcase at the International MedInfo 2007 Conference:

St.Vincent's Hospital Sydney - WebResults Project, Proceedings of AUUG'95 and Asia-Pacific World Wide Web Conference

Healthcare Workshop Presentation: Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture - Getting to There from Here, Where-to from Here? - HL7 "Web Services in Healthcare" Workshop, Tuesday, 28 March 2006 - Sydney

Healthcare Workshop Presentation: Web Services - Providing Healthcare Solutions, Where-to from Here? - HL7 "Web Services in Healthcare" Workshop, Tuesday, 28 March 2006 - Sydney

Strengthening Privacy and Confidentiality Protection for Electronic Health Records, From Proceeding (494) Web Technologies, Applications, and Services - 2005

Secure Messaging and Information Exchange for Health, HIC 2005 and HINZ 2005: Proceedings

A Question of Confidence, not a Question of Trust. Better Data Confidentiality Protection is Necessary, HIC 2004: Proceedings

Old Problem - New Solutions: HealthConnect System Architecture for Information Delivery, HIC 2003 RACGP12CC [combined conference]: Proceedings 

Friday Sep 04, 2009

St.Vincent's Web Results project - a trip to the World Wide Web museum

Way back, when the Web was young and the number of World Wide Web sites in the whole World was counted in thousands, I built Australia's first Web-based Diagnostic Results Reporting application. St.Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, where I worked then, had the benefit of it for a bunch of years after I left for greener pastures. It has long since been superseded by something better, slicker and more modern. Today's state of the art is tomorrow's museum piece ...

While I am not usually given to bragging, I am proud of the application all the same, when I remember that it happened, which is not very often at all. It was recalled to me by a couple of people whom I met after a very long time, in the last couple of weeks, so I though I will see if the conference paper I submitted to the First Asia-Pacific World Wide Web Conference, held in Sydney in 1995, is still on line. Alas, Charles Sturt University, which, until about 6 months ago, hosted the conference papers, no longer hosts them. I am still amazed that it hosted them for so many years - more then 10 - and only now retired the site.

To preserve the paper for a bit longer, and show what the state of the art in web design looked like in 1995, I uploaded the paper to the blog site. It is available through teh original artcile, St.Vincent’s Web Results project – a trip to the World Wide Web museum, at Some pictures are irretrivably gone - I don't have the original material so some links are broken.

For these who are too young to remember, in 1993, when I started the project

  • The only way to design web pages was using a text editor and typing HTML (which graduated to version 2.0 half way through the project)
  • There was no such thing as Internet Explorer - in fact Microsoft was in the middle of creating "The Microsoft Network" in competition to the Internet - it never went very far
  • There was no such thing a Netscape Navigator - the only graphical web browser in existence was the Mosaic Browser from the National Center for Suppercomputing Applications (NCSA). A couple of the guys who built the Mosaic browser left to start Netscape and made a mint on it
  • There were two kinds of web servers - the CERN httpd and the NCSA httpd. The NCSA httpd eventually became the Appache Web Server
  • The only way for a Windows machine to connect to the Internet was to install the Trumpet Winsock TCP/IP stack, which Peter Tattam from Tasmania released to the World
  • There was no commercial anything on the Internet, no sites, no adds, no cookies,...
  • It was in 1995 at the First Asia-Apcific World Wide Web Conference in Sydney that I first saw Java and the HotJava Browser - while Java is still with us the HotJava Browser never go very far.

These were interesting days ...

Saturday May 16, 2009

Java CAPS Book - a Kindle edition

I am tickled pink. I just found out, in a very round-about way, that the Java CAPS Book is now available in a Kindle Edition. Check it out:

Monday Apr 28, 2008

Java CAPS Book is out in print

Finally, the Java CAPS Book has been spotted in Australia. That means it is available in print in the USA and elsewhere.

Brendan and I will be signing copies at JavaOne in San Francisco for these who care.

Photo curtuesy of Eleine D. - Thanks Elaine.


Saturday Mar 08, 2008

Java CAPS Basics - Implementing Common EAI Patterns - On Safari Books Online

It has been a long road but the Java CAPS Book, on which my colleagues and I have been working for a while, is about to make it into the world. The publisher made it available on line through the Safari Books Online - Rough Cuts.

Anyone with a subscription can get their hands on the material right now. Anyone without a subscription can get a trial subscription from Safari Books Online.

The URL is:

The printed version is expected early May 2008. 



A correction - Sebastian's name is spelt incorrectly - it is actually Sebastian Krueger - we are working on getting the spelling corrected.

Thanks Christian for picking up the acronym error.

Tuesday Oct 23, 2007

Java CAPS Basics - Implementing Common EAI Patterns (Book)

After almost 2 years the Java CAPS Book I authored with
Sebastian Krueger, Brendan Marry, Saurabh Sahai, Peter Vaneris and Andrew Walker, seems like finally seeing the light of day. The tentative print date for the book, “Java CAPS Basics – Implementing Common EAI Patterns”, Part I, is advertised as set at February 2008 at the pre-order page at

Here are the Table of Contents and the Preface


In this Blog I post abstracts of articles / writeups / notes on various aspects of Java CAPS and SOA Suite including solutions, discussions and screencasts. The links to the referenced material are included in the bodies of the abstracts.


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