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CA Making It Easier To Use Web Services

CA Making It Easier To Use Web Services

Computer Associates has released updates to its Web services tools AllFusion Plex and AllFusion 2E. These releases are designed specifically to help companies transition to Web services, using, among other things, SOA.

CA entered the Web services marketplace in 2002. Since then, the company's direction has been geared towards using standards optimizations that have come about by J2EE and .NET, to guide customers into Web services.

Mo Donigan, CA's director of product marketing, noting the company's relatively new foray into Web services, said, "We're taking advantage of standards available J2EE and .NET to help our customers ease into Web services.

In an attempt to make its clients' portfolios more transparent and easier to understand, the upgrades to AllFusion Plex and 2E will be branded and marketed differently. While the first release was under the Advantage brand, CA has dispensed with this, using instead the products' given names.

With version 5.5 to Plex, various logic components can be realized as services. The model-based development environment can be used to expose business logic as services. Using those same logic components, .NET-based applications can also be exposed as services. Also, according to CA, COM objects now can be imported into application designs; whereas before, hooks were provided to tie applications made in Plex to J2EE application servers.

Chief among innovations brought to AllFusion 2E, the company's modeler for IBM midrange servers, is a Web enablement option that can be used to run iSeries sessions through a browser.

Donigan said the release will also help developers writing TN5250 terminal application. Now, developers can generate Enterprise JavaBeans, which can subsequently be turned into Web services. These midrange developers, he said, "are looking to exploit the iSeries into a wider enterprise environment."

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