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As the Semantic Web gains momentum, it's important for Web service developers to keep abreast of its technologies and prepare for a change in their industry. This article from a recent issue of Web Services Journal looks at how the Semantic Web applies to Web services, including what s...
In the past, if you wanted to book a holiday over the Internet you would browse a travel agent's Web site, select a holiday, and book it. If you were lucky, you'd be able to rent a car and possibly even check on the weather. Behind the scenes, the Web server - the computer and software...
A rapidly growing number of organizations are turning to Web services as a means of bringing increased agility to their core business systems. A key part of this increased agility is better access to real-time business content in order to address such business requests as:
When Microsoft was looking to create the world's first nationwide, community-based Web services offering, it looked to Singapore. In a report distributed by the World Economic Forum, Singapore possesses the 'Most Wired Government' and, as a country, is the 'Most Effective in Promoting ...
A couple of weeks ago, while I was on my way home, my cell phone rang and I was greeted by one of my favorite customers, who sounded like he had had better days. He had just left a meeting with the CIO and received his annual development budget for the following year. The problem was t...
Just as rules are made to be broken, it sometimes appears that standards are made to proliferate. On the face of it, this may seem to be the case in the emerging battle over business process standards for Web services.
Service discovery and identification is a critical piece of the overall Web services puzzle. Existing service architectures, such as CORBA, JINI, and ebXML, have all devoted significant effort towards making service discovery available and comprehensive. If Web services is to become a ...
There's an expression in the industry - 'putting lipstick on a pig.' It's used to signify a task, or project, that has only cosmetic value and doesn't address the real issues of a situation - it merely makes the pig look a little better. But after all, it's still a pig. Sometimes as w...
The Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS or BPEL for short) is an XML-based programming language/execution environment intended to enable portable business process definitions for WSDL-based business processes. BPEL's goal is to make it possible to write a busi...
We're at a major inflection point in the development of Web services; one that can be paralleled against the evolution of previous infrastructure technologies, including databases and programming environments. The next year will see certain vendors step forward to offer value-added com...
XMLSPY Enterprise Edition version 5 provides a powerful set of XML tools and utilities to develop and test XML-based applications and Web services. Several new features that expand on its XML tool base are available in this new version, including a WSDL editor, XSL stylesheet debugger,...
WSIA and WSRP are new Web services standards that enable businesses to create user- facing, visual, and interactive Web services that organizations can easily plug-and-play into their applications and portals. This article will familiarize you with these technologies and illustrate how...
The emergence of Web services is forcing sites to substantially rethink how existing applications can and should work together. Previously, considerations about where certain functions should execute focused principally on the tier.
As the Web services market continues to shift and evolve in response to global accessibility needs and consumer demands, companies are continuing to extend and enhance their Internet-based services. Planning and following an integrated design process are invaluable in ensuring that a p...
How do you define a Web service? If you ask five people to give you a definition, you'll probably get at least six answers. Is a Web service any application that can be accessed over the Web, or is it limited to applications that expose a programmatic interface? Is it the code that imp...