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Microsoft .NET is the key enabling technology for Microsoft's vision of software as a service. The .NET Framework is the overall infrastructure that provides developers with a platform to create programs that transcend device boundaries and fully harness the connectivity of the Interne...
Hmm..according to my latest Monthly Hype magazine, Web services open a whole new vista of applications to the world. Applications that have been unseen or unimagined by mankind. Everyone is asking about the Web Services Killer App. What is the Killer App?
With the widespread use of component technology, it has become increasingly important to employ components in distributed computing environments. Currently, a handful of distributed component platforms exists, including the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Common Object Reque...
Web services provide a method for encapsulating applications and making them usable in new contexts. Web services technologies are based on two concepts: a service-oriented para-digm and shared standards. The service-oriented paradigm supports one-time encapsulation of business process...
I've been at this game for a while, a fact that has been hammered into my awareness with distressing frequency of late. I worked with Hollerith cards in college, running my programs through a machine with a distressing tendency to shred my carefully typed code into so much confetti if ...
Web services are XML-based building blocks for assembling distributed systems. Now that it's everyone's favorite buzzword, many developers are interested in experimenting with the technology to see what the excitement is all about.
Both peer-to-peer (P2P) and Web services are attempts at decentralizing computing. P2P is more mind-set than technology, an attempt to weave the world's intermittently connected machines, into the fabric of the Internet. Web services are a more formal technological challenge, an attem...
Sonic Software is expected to announce it's entering the Web services marketplace at the upcoming Web Services Edge 2001 Conference in Santa Clara, CA, October 22-26. Expanding on their flagship product, SonicMQ, the newest offering will embrace the latest in open standards, such as UD...
For nearly 160 years, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has been collecting and providing information and analysis on public and private companies worldwide. As a business information company, D&B relies heavily upon technology to support data that produces up-to-the-minute decisioning products. ...
Web Services Journal proudly announces WSJList, the NEW Web Services mailing list community at the center of discussions, technical questions, and more…
Web services offer a widely-accepted standardized frame-work for objects to discover and interact with each other using ubiquitous technologies: XML over HTTP. This article is about bridging two 'divides' in discussions of Web services in the press and newsgroups. The first divide is o...
By their very nature, Web services operate in a loosely-coupled, geographically-dispersed environ-ment. From an infrastructure perspective, what does this mean for transaction processing systems? Do the existing approaches to handling transactions through the use of an XA-compliant, tw...
I sometimes think that the best job in the world would be strategic thinking. Every time I see a quote from a strategist, it's always five years out and full of promise. You know the ones I mean. It goes something like this: 'By 2005 every wristwatch will have a Pentium 7 processor and...
Recently I have fielded questions from customers like, 'Which is better, peer-to-peer or Web services?' and 'Do you think I should move from Web services to a peer-to-peer network?'. The answer is another question: 'Which approach best suits your solution?'. This tends to make the cust...
No one involved in Web development needs to be reminded of the continued rapid changes in the industry. Even with the current financial downturn, driven by the burst of the Internet bubble, innovation is still happening on many fronts. Nowhere is this truer than in the evolving area of...
So here we are, more than four years since XML (eXtensible Markup Language) first saw the light of the public day. We have come a long way since the early days. The XML hype started with a small group of experts who argued that SGML wasn't suitable for Web-based publishing and that HT...
Web Services Journal recently caught up with Steve Benfield, chief technology officer of SilverStream Software, for a quick look at SilverStream's new Web services environment, SilverStream eXtend.
SOAP, the Simple Object Access Protocol, is a lightweight toolkit for building Web services. It is an amalgam of ubiquitous technologies - HTTP and XML. Though the likes of Microsoft, IBM, and the Apache Software Foundation normally have little in common, all support it as a foundation...
Let's focus on the evolution of the Simple Object Access Protocol from its XML roots. In particular, I discuss how XML serves as the impetus for SOAP, and how its extensible nature can be used to effectively serialize data for distributed messaging. Let's begin by creating a simple XML...
The buzz around Web services is enormous. Every day more and more developers are asking themselves if Web services should be used in their next project. Microsoft views the Internet and Web services as a complete development platform. Other companies view it as a set of complementar...