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Current trends in IT and business computing indicate an evolution toward the dynamic exchange of business information, market intelligence, and commercial transactions. Technology standards such as XML have provided the common language needed to interoperate effectively across netw...
The Java API for XML Messaging (JAXM) is a new Java application programming interface (API) that provides a standard way for Java applications to send and receive Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) messages. The basic idea is to allow developers to spend more time building, sendi...
The software industry returned to New York City with the International Java & Web Services Conference and Expo at the Hilton New York. In spite of what many thought might prove insurmountable obstacles, the international software industry has provided New York City today with a res...
The Web services paradigm promises enterprises a flexible and robust infrastructure for assembling loosely coupled systems. Organizations can expose existing functionality to trading partners inside the company, within a consortium, and across an industry. Interfaces are well speci...
I believe that Web services may make the long-standing battle of open source software (OSS) versus closed source software (CSS) almost irrelevant. What!, you cry in incredulity. He can't mean that! How can he discount the efforts and thinking of some of the world's most brilliant p...
Two distinct initiatives have come to the forefront as means by which applications can be presented as Web-based services: Microsoft's .NET and the J2EE platform. Application servers and toolsets are beginning to tailor themselves to the Web services paradigm as the concept matures...
Web services are a great vision to talk about. as evidenced by the increasing number of companies declaring themselves the leader in the Web services market. Hype aside, just as with XML, sooner or later we'll all realize there's no Web services market per se but only ways to apply...
A quick dip into your favorite English dictionary will tell you that the word collaborate derives from the Latin cum laborare, which simply translates to 'labor together.' While this is a fine sentiment, in a business context one must consider more than the simple etymology of the ...
Starting with a brief look at how developers build systems in J2EE and CORBA, I'll compare these two well-understood approaches to Web Services. Then I'll give a real-world example of Web services. By fleshing out this example, we'll see the business and technical issues relative t...
As the trend towards Web services moves forward, it becomes more important that we understand its roots and origination. Subjects such as Web services, which have a tendency to be technologically discussed, should be viewed from a business angle wherever possible. In particular, th...
Most companies find it easy to recognize the need to move their business online. Customers call for more timely information and easier access to online ordering as well as training and documentation. Internal operations and sales people want to leverage the cost benefits and effici...
The Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) specifications provide a standardized way for businesses to discover each other over the Internet and find details of services provided. UDDI is a combination of White Pages (contacts, addresses, telephone numbers), Yello...
Last month, in Part 1 of this article, I cautioned about the potential invasiveness of Web services. It's a scary thought that companies could have that much personal information about their customers, but I added then that there are some advantages to Web services, especially in t...
One of the most interesting paradoxes of the information age is the challenge of obtaining critical mass for a technology - the classic chicken-and-egg problem. Remember when you could buy your software on floppy disks because only a few people had CD-ROM drives? How about the ...
Over the course of the last year, we've all read many articles on Web services and the various standards forming to address the different levels of the Web services stack (SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, ebXML). The stock quote example is becoming as recognized as 'Hello World' from our intr...
So, what is going on in the world of Web services? I'm looking at a ton of analyst reports saying Web services won't be mainstream for another two or three years. One firm says that only 16% of companies will use Web services this year. I suppose it comes down to your definition of...