Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Centrelink picks up Eclipse on road to SOA

Centrelink picks up Eclipse on road to SOA
To enable greater application interoperability and a migration path for its abandoned middleware, Centrelink has started developing a service- oriented architecture with the open source Eclipse development environment.

Centrelink's national applications architecture manager Steve Crisp told a gathering of IT leaders in Sydney one of the key questions in moving to an SOA was how to design the services.

"One of the tools we've just started designing is based on the Eclipse open source IDE which you can use by itself and is also part of IBM's WebSphere," Crisp said. "We're designing a plug-in that allows us to draw a service with what the operations are and what the fields are. And the metadata that we get out of that, [created] in that tool can be stored and go off to any other tool."

Centrelink joins Ansto as a federal government department using the open source Eclipse to develop applications.

At the heart of Centrelink is the mainframe-based Model 204 database and the Sun-owned Forte middleware which won't be supported past 2008.

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