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There's a lot going on in the world of Web services these days, so much so that it's almost hard to keep track of it. And there is definitely enough to make it difficult to make sense of competing initiatives. But it certainly makes for interesting watching. Case in point is the Web ...
Use of atomic transactions is a well-known technique for guaranteeing consistency in the presence of failures. The ACID properties of atomic transactions (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) ensure that even in complex business applications consistency of state is preserved.
In part 1 of this article (WSJ, Vol. 2, issue 10), you saw how simply BTP toolkits can support the creation of applications that drive transactional Web services with consummate ease. This article covers the other side of the story: how the same technology impacts Web services develope...
Conventional wisdom is a curious thing, especially when applied to a technology as new as Web services. Web services are often thought of as distributed business processes participating in a B2B relationship using Internet protocols and XML-based data standards.
The purpose of SOAP is to enable transparent - language- and platform-independent - access to services. Until recently, getting Microsoft- and Java-based SOAP applications to work together has been difficult.
Web services fits into the operational model that The Open Group calls Boundaryless Information Flow - the secure, reliable, and timely flow of information throughout and between enterprises. At our recent conference, chief officers from enterprises that use Web services in their busin...
UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) is widely accepted as the standard for Web services publishing, querying, and discovery. A UDDI registry allows you to publish and browse Web service references via SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and HTTP interfaces.
The Sun ONE architecture is Sun's software vision, architecture, platform, and expertise for solving many of today's enterprise integration, interoperability, and development issues.
Web services is a promising technology for achieving B2B enterprise application integration. However, the challenge of ensuring security in a Web services environment stands as a major obstacle to general acceptance of the technology.
Information technology sometimes reminds me of the magic industry. The first time a new and exciting act is performed, it creates a level of stir in the industry, leading to the eagerness of other magicians to perform it in their acts.
One word can describe the current state within financial organizations as far as straight-through processing (STP) is concerned: confusion.
WSJ readers are already familiar with the concept and promise of Web services. For some time, media and industry analysts have been touting the revolution about to occur in the programming world as a result of universally accessible, reusable code that can be assembled to accomplish an...
The hype surrounding Web services mounts with every day. Dynamic composition of applications. Obsolescence of traditional applications. The claims escalate as technologists work mightily to craft compelling visions of disruptive technologies.
The hype around Web services has been deafening. Equally, there have been plenty of critics awaiting Web services' march behind other over-hyped technologies into the graveyard of 'The Next Big Thing That Wasn't.' However, when you look at the number of enterprises that have rolled out...