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BEA: XML Brings Distributed Apps To Masses

BEA Systems' buyout of tools provider M7 signals that BEA execs believes that traditional Java/J2EE developers will be working side-by-side with a new family of Open Source technologies for SOA solutions. IDN talks with BEA vice president Bill Roth about BEA's vision for a blended SOA developer community, and why XML, not Java, will bring distributed computing to the masses.

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Survey: Some AppDev Pay May Have Peaked

Despite signs that new SOA and web services projects seem to be gaining corporate acceptance, the uptick in new projects doesn't seem to be boosting salaries increases for appdev programmers or managers. Enterprise Systems 2005 IT Salary Survey finds a wide range of hands-on and manager salaries may have peaked in 2004, in fact. Check out what 1,000 IT hiring execs say are the latest in IT dev trends.

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SAP Preps SOA Assets, Tools for ISVs, Devs

SAP continues to work feverishly to convert its vast reserve of R3 application and business rules assets into reusable, composite applications and services. IDN looks deep at what SAP execs and engineers are doing to prepare 100s of ISV partners, and millions of ABAP, Java and ,NET devs for the mega SOA transition.

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Does Eclipse Need New Wave of SOA Tools?

Iona has proposed an SOA Tooling Platform project for Eclipse. The goal is to provide devs a top-level SOA tooling framework to increase productivity and cut complexity. IDN looks at Iona's plan for helping Java devs improve their SOA design, build and test procedures.

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Sybase ASE 15 DB, Tools Hold SQL-XML Vision

The latest upgrade to Sybase' enterprise database ASE 15, announced this week, does a great deal more than offer a faster, more scalable database. Under the covers, Sybase engineers are using ASE 15 and its tools to lay a rich foundation to make it easier for today's devs and DBAs to co-mingle XML and SQL data.

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Amazon, Microsoft Partner on B2B Web Services

Amazon and Microsoft are partnering on an initiative aimed at getting Visual Studio.NET devs to build innovative apps to tie into Amazon's Web Services (AWS) platform. The two launched a dev contest, open through year's end, for building entrepreneurial apps that tie into Amazon product data and services for their own home-grown business, or for their enterprise.

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Amazon, Microsoft Partner on B2B Web Services

Amazon and Microsoft are partnering on an initiative aimed at getting Visual Studio.NET devs to build innovative apps to tie into Amazon's Web Services (AWS) platform. The two launched a dev contest, open through year's end, for building entrepreneurial apps that tie into Amazon product data and services for their own home-grown business, or for their enterprise.

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Sybase ASE 15 DB, Tools Hold SQL-XML Vision

The latest upgrade to Sybase' enterprise database ASE 15, announced this week, does a great deal more than offer a faster, more scalable database. Under the covers, Sybase engineers are using ASE 15 and its tools to lay a rich foundation to make it easier for today's devs and DBAs to co-mingle XML and SQL data.

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Microsoft VSTA Brings Macros to .NET

During this month's Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft unveiled Visual Studio Tools for Applications, a new ISV-facing technology that will enable software vendors to build .NET macros into their application. IDN takes a look at how VSTA might change how .NET apps, web services get built and deployed - for end users and ISVs.

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Cisco’s XML-Driven Virtual Data Warehouse

When Cisco rolled out its AON (Application-Oriented Networking), it added a new dimension to enterprise web services. AON will use XML, HTTP and related web services, to turn an existing network into a virtual data warehouse. IDN speaks with Mike Carter, co-founder of CXO Systems, Cisco's key XML partner for AON, to learn how web services can offer easy-to-access, real-time views of 100s of queries.

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Marlabs Best Practices for J2EE to .NET Interop

J2EE to .NET interoperability continues to grow as a top priority for IT execs, IDN speaks with Manjunatha Kutarahalli, Vice President Global Delivery for Marlabs, a leading interop services firm, to outline the pros and cons of the most popular approaches, including (1) shared database; (2) runtime bridges; (3) message orientated middleware; (4) integration brokers, and (5) XML-based web services.

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90% of Financial CxOs Express Concerns

More than 90% of financial CIOs are worried that a lack of in-depth visiblity and understanding of their legacy assets -- and how to plug them into today's technologies is hurting their business. High costs, uncertain compliance, and lengthy time-to-deployments are all pain points, a recent survey says. Learn what 60 top global financial managers are doing about their concerns, and how their efforts will affect architecture and development projects.

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