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The Challenge of .NET/Java Interop -- sans SOA

An increasing number of F1000 firms are looking for ways to easily get their Java/J2EE and .NET assets to better cooperate. It is a world rich with new standards and emerging technologies for web services, SOA and other "sharing" options for data and business rules. Henrich Gantenbein, a Solutions Architect with Avanade, a leading web services and integration firm, offers some valuable advice.

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SAML 2.0 Security Gets Test, Preps for Vote

SAML 2.0, the key upgrade to a core web services security markup language, passed two key hurdles last week. First, SAML 2.0 passed an interop test to exchange authentication, attribute and authorization info with other major security specs. Second, a draft SAML 2.0 spec is ready for the vote. Get the details.

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Inside WS-Security -- A Developer's View

As the WS-I's Basic Security Working Group convenes this week, IDN takes an in-depth developers' look at WS-Security, a top proposal before BSWG. IDN spoke with Steven Van Roekel, a Microsoft web services director, and one of the co-authors WS-Security with IBM, Versign and others. He details the vision and benefits of the proposal, discusses how developers could implement it, what cross-platform features exist and are planned, and how WS-Security backers are working with other camps.

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Health Care IT Project Eyes Semantic Web

Next month, a visionary group of IT and health care professionals hope to demo their approach to better interop and integration of medical data between providers - and even to improve patient access to their own medical data. IDN looks at health care IT's latest champions, who say the semantic web will provide better cross-platform data access that will be good for providers, patients and could even lower health care costs.

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SAP Says J2EE Devs Opps Arise from Biz Needs

Enterprise software maker SAP has some strong advice for Java/J2EE developers concerned about outsourcing: Focus your energies on your company's business problems -- and not slow-moving Java standards. Integration Developer News spoke with SAP's chief standards-watcher, Michael Bechauf. who offers Java/J2EE devs four (4) keys for how to find the best enterprise dev career opps in the coming two years. (WARNING: Some may find these controversial.)

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Dev Opportunities from Customer Data Chaos

Over the last decade, enterprise IT managers have spent millions on CRM (customer relationship management) projects. But, now that the frenzied CRM spending is slowing, many companies are waking up to find they still don't have an easy-to-manage, unified customer data system. See why, even in a budget-constrained era, this customer data chaos is creating opportunities for Java, .NET and DBA developers that know the customer data territory.

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A Developer's Roadmap to Using WS-Security

This week, WS-Security, one of the core building blocks for interoperable web services security, was adopted by OASIS. To help devs understand what the adoption of WS-Security might mean to their business -- and career -- IDN spoke with the WS-I's Steven Van Roekel, who details how developers can use it, what cross-platform features exist and are planned.

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Download: WS-I Testing Tools Ease Dev Pains

The Web Services Interoperability Organization has released a pair of testing tools for devs building web services to help them make sure their services will interoperate with others across the enterprise or the wide area. IDN speaks with a WS-I exec to get insights on how devs can begin using the Java and C# tools, and learned how WS-I may prompt better vendor standards.

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Microsoft Services for Unix is Faster, and Free

To improve connectivity between Windows and Unix/Linux devs, Microsoft has released an upgrade to its Services for Unix Windows-to-Unix/Linux interoperability software. Starting with the current SFU 3.5 release, the software is now free to all Windows users. Get details on where SFU 3.5 zips up protocol and file performance, and get the free download.

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10 Vendors Offer Versions of WS-I Sample App

The Web Services Interoperability Organization has issued its first WS-I Sample Application, and immediately 10 major vendors, including Microsoft, BEA, IBM among others, released their implementations. Both the WS-I sample app and the vendors' implementations are available for download and review.

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Interoperability Guide to WS-I Basic Profile

The first formal docs for building integratable -- and interoperable -- web services are available free from the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I). IDN goes in-depth on the WS-I Basic Profile, to show devs how they can best use the docs, which reflects 1000s of hours of development and testing by teams from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle among others.

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A Developer's Roadmap to Using WS-Security

IDN takes an in-depth developers' look at WS-Security, now before WS-I's Basic Security Working Group. IDN spoke with Steven Van Roekel, a Microsoft web services director, and one of the co-authors WS-Security with IBM, Versign and others. He details the vision and benefits of the proposal, discusses how developers can use it, what cross-platform features exist and are planned, and how WS-Security backers are working with other camps.

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