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There's an old expression - 'When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.' There's a wealth of applicable comment in this expression. It's an admonition to see the bigger picture as well as a suggestion that to be a true craftsman, one must have the right tools.
Atomic transactions are a well-known technique for guaranteeing consistency in the presence of failures. The ACID properties of atomic transactions ensure that, even in complex business applications, consistency of state is preserved.
It's a fact: Web services have started to mature. Those emergent standards that once held so much promise are now actually starting to deliver useful implementations. With the basic Web services plumbing mastered, we're starting to see more advanced infrastructure, which enables these ...
Web services is a promising technology with the potential to greatly simplify B2B enterprise application integration. This is good news for any organization trying to provide seamless access to their business applications for their customers and partners.
Web services products have matured rapidly over the past 12 months, to the point where it's become acceptable to utilize the technology in major projects. However, though improving, the currently available toolkits can't be considered complete.
Web services promises to finally provide a universal mechanism for connecting loosely coupled systems. If the dream bears fruit, it will represent a huge advance in enterprise computing, facilitating distributed, transaction-centric collaboration in an inexpensive, quick, and relia...
In the past decade 'workflow' has become one of the most overloaded terms in the software industry. Almost every application is tagged as 'based on workflow.' While this doesn't always mean a lot, there is good reason for it; it involves recognition among software architects that t...
You've heard the hype about .NET. You've read a couple of vague articles about dynamic discovery and invocation, service-oriented architecture, and how SOAP and a handful of other XML standards are forever changing the software industry. You want to explore the world of .NET, but are u...
Altio, Inc., is about to announce the preview edition of AltioLive 3.0, a presentation server platform for 'rich client' Web applications. In addition to its current architecture, this release provides a Web service adapter capable of providing real-time synchronization, as well as...
Businesses need to provide their users with a method for securely connecting to their networks while minimizing the costs associated with providing this service - and also providing end users with as much convenience as possible.
During the past few years we've seen an exponential rise in Web-based applications, and we're currently beginning a transition to a service-oriented Web. Web services technology enables several functional elements (services) to communicate with each other.
It's critical that service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based Web services solutions provide high-performance, reliable, extensible, scalable, and open standards-based communication and integration for both internal and external applications that can be easily monitored.
XML signatures apply digital signatures to XML documents. Digital signatures let parties that exchange data ensure the identity of the sender and the integrity of the data. This last item is a benefit that physical signatures can't provide.
Web services will revolutionize CRM (customer relationship management). This revolution will affect not only how sales, marketing, and service professionals interact with customers, but also how IT departments implement and support the technology. CRM is, in fact, suffering from pre...
Web services are demonstrating their value and exhibiting the potential to substantially enhance enterprise productivity and reduce operating costs. But they will never reach their full potential without two things: trust and security. That's because Web services are based on open,...
Since the king discovered that the coffers were bare, or at least shrinking, in 2001, IT spending for big ticket items has been in lockdown mode, while all the king's men work to put everything bought in '99 and 2000 together.