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Reflections 2007

Happy New Year!

2007 passed by so quickly — it’s funny how the passage of time can feel so relative. Remember back in grade school it seemed like the school year lasted F-O-R-E-V-E-R and that even the summer did, too? I distinctly remember staring out the window in third grade lamenting that school seemed so endless. That day was a bleak winter one and it apparently matched my mood. I even remember time spent daydreaming in class about how old I’d be in the year 2000. That year seemed so magical in the mid- to late-seventies. I couldn’t even envision myself at 33. I’d be so OLD! 2000 had seemed so far away and now it’s 8 years in the past.

I hope that your 2007 was a good one and that 2008 will be even better. (And maybe a little slower, too.)

On the blog front, it’s fun (for me, at least) to mention that a Google search for “client-cert” has my post The Mysterious CLIENT-CERT as the number one result. W00t! Well, at least on some days, it does. On other days it occupies the second slot but clearly Google’s algorithm is out to lunch when that happens. 😉 It’s the Schrodinger’s cat of search results.

Speaking of “w00t,” the “word” was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007. I find that humorous.

Speaking of Schrodinger’s cat, I had a brilliant idea for a quote on T-shirts:

Curiosity killed Schrodinger’s cat. (maybe)

I find that humorous, too. Only too bad for me because a quick search of the net turns up that quote (minus the “maybe”) a bunch of times. I guess I’m not as clever as I thought.

Back to the blog…

In case you missed them, here’s a list of my Top 10 posts for 2007 as reported by that All-Knowing Oracle of Web Traffic, Google Analytics:

  1. WebLogic Embedded LDAP
  2. Common Problems with Authentication Provider Configuration
  3. The Fifteen Minute Guide to Mutual Authentication
  4. The Mysterious CLIENT-CERT
  5. Verisign’s New Intermediate CA and You
  6. Authentication Methods in Web Applications
  7. WebLogic 9.1 Authorization Gotcha
  8. WebLogic Security Framework Overview
  9. WebLogic Auditing
  10. Mutual Authentication in Action

Yikes! That looks almost identical to the list for 2006. Maybe the passage of time is slower than I thought!

Speaking of Oracle, the database company of the same name (you might have heard of them) didn’t buy BEA in 2007. But who knows what 2008 will bring. Maybe Oracle won’t destroy WebLogic if they bought BEA. I don’t know. I’ve read some opinion pieces that BEA can’t survive the onslaught of IBM and Oracle and that it’s just a matter of time before BEA is acquired. Perhaps WebLogic is the Schrodinger’s cat of application servers. Perhaps Oracle is looking for a quantum leap in their product offering. Perhaps that would make Larry say “W00t!”