I see that WSO2 has just released version 1.0 of their Mashup Server. Congratulations to Jonathan and the rest of the team. I haven’t played with the earlier betas of the Mashup Server but I have read enough about it to be interested. Now that it’s been released, it might be a good time to invest a few hours to look into it (I just downloaded it and I filled a small documentation bug already). I know (and like) many of the WSO2 guys (Jonathan, but also Sanjiva and Glen) from the early days of the W3C WSDL working group. Plus, you have to give credit to a company that offers visibility on its web site not just to its board and management team but also to its engineers.
But the Mashup Server is not interesting to me just because I know some of its authors. There are tow more important reasons. One is that it is the integration product in WSO2’s portfolio that is the most different in its approach from the many integration products in Oracle Fusion Middleware. We want Oracle Enterprise Manager to do an outstanding job at managing Oracle Fusion Middleware, but we also want it to manage other integrations approaches as well (we manage Tomcat for example). At this point there is of course no market demand for managing WSO2’s Mashup Server, but from an architectural perspective it’s a good alternative to keep in mind along with the BPEL, ESB, ODI, etc that are already in heavy use. I am always interested in perspectives that help make sure that the most abstract application/service management concepts remain suitably abstracted, so learning a bit about the Mashup Server can’t hurt. I’ll know more once I’ve looked at it, but my impression is that the Mashup Server is somewhere between BPEL and Ruby on Rails (or TurboGears) in terms of declarativity and introspectability (yes I like to make up words) for management purposes.
This may well be sweet spot and it’s my second reason for being interested in the Mashup Server. I am always interested in tools that help with quick prototyping and the best tool is different for each job. The Mashup Server is pretty unique and I can imagine it being a nice tool for some management integration prototypes once the participating services have been suitably XML-ized (something that that Oracle Fusion Middleware makes easy).