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Java Devs Face MetaData Agendas in 2004

Java devs could get at least two metadata reference implementations to play with early next year. The JCP has said it would have an early release RI for J2SE 1.5 (Tiger), and BEA has said they are gearing up for an early release of an RI for its JSR 181, whether or not it has full JCP approvals by then. IDN spoke with Onno Kluyt, Program Director at the JCP, to get a feel for what may be coming, and how devs can keep a straight head -- and maybe even put in their own comments.

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J2EE 1.4 Spec Is Final -- Finally

The J2EE 1.4 spec is final, and downloads will be available Nov. 24. The finalization of J2EE 1.4 comes almost a year after it was delayed to support basic web services standards from the multi-vendor WS-I. But, some J2EE voices say it could also be the beginning of the end of Sun's long-standing separation between church and state, as Sun offers its commercial implementations of the spec. IDN spoke with Sun's Distinguished Engineer Mark Hapner.

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Java, .NET Devs Get New Site for Portal Help

A group of software tools providers have gotten together to provide Java and .NET devs some help with their portal and custom UI projects using some of the latest standards. Launched last week at SourceForge, the portal features support for JSR 168, as well as cross-platform support via the emerging set of WSRP standards. See how the new POST portal, fitted with open tools and patterns, may change your next portal project.

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Quick Guide to Taming XML for Integration

Knowing some in-depth XML can really make a difference in the performance and ease of integration for certain beginner web services projects. IDN recently spoke with execs at an experienced web services development firm to provide a Quick Guide to some of the best XML tips for senior Java and ASP/.NET developers.

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Openwave Brings Wireless Options to Popular IDEs

This fall, enterprise developers of just about every stripe have some easy-to-consider options for looking to take their skills into the realm of wireless development. In just the last couple of months, a key provider of mobile infrastructure to carriers and ISPs, is now bringing their mobile SDK to some of the industry's most popular IDEs. See how Openwave's work with Microsoft, Sun and Borland could mean there it'll be easier to make mobile apps a part of your future.

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Seagull Tools Speed Windows, .NET Integration

Like many Java tools providers, Seagull is looking to make it easier for enterprise devs to integrate web and legacy assets. With deep Java roots, Seagull is bringing some new tools to .NET and Windows devs that just may turn some heads about how the Java and .NET (and Windows) worlds will interact.

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ActiveState Debuts XSLT Tool for Visual Studio .NET 2003

At last week's Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in LA, even third party partners got in on the push to bring more web services development power Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET 2003. Case in point: ActiveState released an upgrade of its Visual XSLT IDE plug-in for Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDN looks at the upgrade, which sports a just-in-time debugging, a visual schema mapper and improved project management.

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OASIS Adopts SPML 1.0 Spec, On To SPML 2.0

SPML 1.0, an XML approach for cross-platform provisioning and for secure web services, was adopted Nov. 3 by OASIS. Supported by heavyweights IBM, Microsoft, CA, work is already underway for SPML 2.0 to bring more provisioning and security features to web services and SOA devs. Get the latest on SPML's use, the final docs, and insights from Darran Rolls, chair of the OASIS Service Provisioning Markup Language Technical Committee, for using SPML.

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Hands On: Cross-DB Resource Guide for Devs

More and more often, enterprise developers of all stripes (Java, VB/.NET, C++, etc.) are asked to build cross-database access for applications and end users. This week, as part of IDN's reference library series for "developers as integrators," we present the latest in a growing list of cross-db methods for JDBC, OBDC, ADOdb, JDO, SQL and XML.

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Microsoft Offers Free Code, Components in VB.NET Kit

Microsoft and a few of its partners have pulled together a massive Visual Basic.NET Resource Kit CD, aimed at jump starting VB developers participation with .NET projects for Windows, web services and mobile applications. The free kit offers more than 100 code samples, 4 key end-to-end sample Web applications and a library of free components third-party partners. See more detail on what's inside, and how to get one free.

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SOAP-Based Tool Targets Legacy C/C++ Integration

Developers at Softintegration have released the latest upgrade of their Ch tools aimed at making C/C++ code more portable and accessible from the glass house. The Ch scripting language, SDK and tools can be used to better hook C/C++ code into web services using SOAP, integrate with front-end databases, and even pass C/C++ calc functions to PCs and PDAs. Get a tour of Ch, and download the code.

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Hands-On: 7 Keys To Building a Better Web Service

The secrets to a successful web services project arise from one key insight, says Kirby Turner, a Solution Developer with developer services and integration firm Avanade Inc. That is: A web service is simply "a programmable application logic accessed by using standard Internet protocols." In this article, Turner touches on seven keys to success, including using registries, setting security and even the vexing debate over how much XML hand-coding does a developer really need to know.

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