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My dictionary defines service as the work provided by one that serves. Sometimes it seems that you have to define something by itself, even when you don't want to. Web services provide the ability for an organization to expose its business processes for consumption, either public or pr...
E-business initiatives - such as enterprise, B2B, and B2C applications - typically reach throughout and beyond an enterprise, requiring users to move across networks, applications, and security domains. To be effective, this movement must be transparent to the user. Consider what's inv...
A growing number of organizations are adopting a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach to their IT infrastructure because they want to enhance their ability to change the enterprise application landscape cost effectively and rapidly, in support of changing business requirements....
As Web services proliferate and more and more applications expose their business logic in this manner, the need for effective user interfaces to consume these services grows. WebFace and WebFace Studio, from Vultus, provide a means of creating rich, Windows-like user interfaces distrib...
Over many decades, IT organizations have invested billions of dollars in business logic and data housed in mainframes and within the CICS environment. Despite the age of these systems, the mainframe and CICS continue to provide the most scalable, reliable, and cost-effective platform u...
Since the dawn of the software industry, technology has been evolving at a rapid rate to meet business needs. We have now entered a new stage in evolution with the adoption of Web services, which will only bring a quantum leap in productivity for businesses if a number of key character...
Last year, BEA introduced WebLogic Workshop, a revolutionary product based on declarative annotations that took away most of the pain and aggravation of developing J2EE-based Web services on the WebLogic Application Server platform. Not being satisfied with just Web services, BEA exten...
In July 2002, BEA, IBM, and Microsoft released a trio of specifications designed to support business transactions over Web services. These specifications, BPEL4WS, WS-Transaction, and WS-Coordination, together form the bedrock for reliably choreographing Web services-based applications...
Security is cited as the number one concern in building and deploying Web services today. Web services are inherently a different architecture that presents a whole new set of challenges. You will have to reexamine many of the security aspects of your infrastructure, such as confidenti...
Web services have given newfound importance to service-oriented architectures and promise to drive down the cost of integration by providing a standards-based approach to interoperability between applications. The trouble is, what people really want is a new way of doing integration. U...
Prior to the development of Web services, many enterprises were faced with very complex and expensive integration projects that were intended to tie a variety of enterprise business applications together with the goal of providing a seamless integrated business application platform ins...
As Web services technology becomes pervasive, the beta release of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4, which focuses primarily on Web services, flags a milestone in the Web services developer community. Sun's J2EE Reference Implementation (RI) helps developers to easily understand the...