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To the uninitiated, those unversed in the art of computing, 'building to scale' sounds like something architects do when they take one of those models to a board meeting for approval. It sounds a million miles away from what we understand in computing. Just for the record what do we ...
I was quite amused by a series of articles talking about the battle between Java and .NET that appeared in mid-January. One article said that Java has a two-to-one lead over .NET based on an informal online poll. Meanwhile, in an article entitled 'Outlook: Java tech trends through 2004...
There are a number of application areas in which it's useful to access multiple Web services that implement the same interface. For example, consider buying a book from an online bookstore. Suppose several bookstores implement a Web service that provides information about the price and...
Web services have been advertised as the one-size-fits-all solution for all sorts of integration problems. But like any other innovation in the software industry, Web services require a new generation of tools and infrastructure to help companies overcome the adoption hurdle and take f...
When you hear the word security, what comes to mind? SSL? Firewalls? Authentication? Authorization? B-52 bombers? Security means different things to different people, but in the context of securing applications, we can think of security in two parts: access control and secure communica...
Carl Sagan once said, 'In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.' Although Carl wasn't especially known for witty quips, that one should strike a chord with developers creating applications for the Internet. Because that's the approach many develop...
The goal of the Web services architecture is to enable seamless application integration over the network without regard to programming language or operating environment - one of the key components of the goal to enable inter-and intra-enterprise business processes and workflows to take...
SilverStream eXtend Composer is part of the SilverStream eXtend family that provides a visual development environment used to create service-oriented applications. Composer allows developers to create services that gather data from multiple disparate sources, apply appropriate business...
With Microsoft's .NET marketing campaign in full swing, Sun announced its Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) initiative in October of 2001. While J2EE provides a robust, scalable, and portable enterprise platform, until then it had been sorely lacking in the area of standardized support fo...
Web services have enormous promise, but not a single company today is yet fully tapping their potential. Indeed, early adopters are experimenting through carefully controlled pilots that take advantage of the evolutionary nature of the technology, and CIOs and IT organizations - fati...
The actual definition of a Web service is a matter of some debate because the world of Web services can extend from small closed networks to global discovery services implemented using UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration). But at a practical implementation level it ...
Security concerns, especially since the events of last Fall, are at the center of many industry discussions. Ever-increasing reports of hacker activities and security holes in well-known software products further fuel the debate, and rightfully so. Web services is a great new technolog...
As the new year finally starts to take hold, we're seeing a number of interesting, challenging, and even disturbing trends in the world of Web services. One of the more interesting business intelligence reports predicted recently that Web services will hit the height of its 'hype curve...