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Next IT’s New Engagement APIs Make Intelligent Virtual Assistants More Pervasive

Next IT is leveraging APIs to power a new wave of smarter and personalized ‘intelligent virtual assistants’ that can run on any device or touch any endpoint.  Next IT’s Engagement APIs use the company’s intelligent assistant platform, Alme.

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Sun: Fresh Java, Communities for JavaOne in '07

The Java platform and communities have been for quite a ride the last 12 months: Updates for Java, support for Open Source dynamic scripting, growing mojo for AJAX and Web 2.0 apps -- and even Open Sourcing of Java. As we begin JavaOne 2007, IDN talks to Jean Elliott, Senior Director of Sun's Java Software Product Marketing, about the new face of Java and its communities.

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Download: JNBridgePro's .NET/Tiger Interop Tool

JNBridge is offering a free download (for a limited license) of its latest .NET-Java interop tool, JNBridgePro 3.0. Optimized for interop between Tiger (J2SE 5.0) and .NET Framework 2.0, upgrades include: access to Java and .NET (Framework 2.0) generics, mapping between Java and .NET enums, enhanced support for end-to-end security for apps that run across .NET and Java.

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Hanging Up On Cost, Complexity of Voice IT

A small software firm in the farthest corner of the South Pacific has come up with new, loosely-coupled XML-based voice technologies that make it easier and cheaper for architects to design and deploy a wide array of voice-driven web services and integration projects. See how Australia's Skunkworks is catching the attentions of telcos and exchange users.

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Countdown to BPEL Begins - A Dev's FAQ

Controversy is giving way to simple hard work on BPEL4WS, the proposed orchestration standard for web services supported by both Java and .NET vendors. BEA and IBM have jointly submitted BPELJ, a plan to implement BPEL for Java J2EE -- so devs could be working with business process across Java and .NET apps by year end. All the while, Java vendors say they'll keep touch with Microsoft to make sure BPEL works with .NET. Get the details on a busy BPEL summer.

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Tool Hangs Up on High AppDev Costs for Voice

A small software firm in the farthest corner of the South Pacific is going to the farthest reaches to better enable devs to build and deploy a wide array of voice-driven web services and integration projects. Tired of the high cost and lock-in of proprietary vendor tools, Australia's Skunkworks has crafted a rich-voice appdev environment in Perl.

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How Python Boosts App Integration -- Part II

As Sun and Microsoft both look to embrace scripting languages in web services run by Java and .NET, IDN spoke with Alex Martelli, the author of O'Reilly's leading books on the topic of Python in the enterprise -- "Python in a Nutshell" and "Python Cookbook." In Part 2, Martelli offers insights on Python's different approach to working with Win32, Java,.NET, and even C/C++ apps.

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Devs Using Python to Boost Integration

As Sun and Microsoft both look to embrace scripting languages in web services run by Java and .NET, IDN spoke with IDN spoke with Alex Martelli, the author of O'Reilly's leading books on the topic of Python in the enterprise -- "Python in a Nutshell" and "Python Cookbook." He offers Win32, Java and .NET devs some useful perspectives on Python, and how Python scripting can extend the integration capabilities of their Win32, ASP.Net, Java and C/C++ applications.

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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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Harvard Prof Likens J2EE to an SUV; Devs React

One Harvard professor, after completing a web services assignment, this month compared Java to an SUV of dev tools, claiming it was overkill in some areas and not up-to-snuff when really going off-road. Reaction from the Java/J2EE community was swift -- although not as predictable as you might think. By special arrangement with J2EE community portal TheServerSide.com, IDN helps you take a look at how Java/J2EE devs see the state of their art, and at the Harvard comments that started it all.

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Sun, Microsoft Seek to Embrace Dynamic Scripting

Microsoft and Sun, in two separate initiatives, are reaching out to the dynamic scripting language communities, including popular Open Source options PHP, Perl, Python and Ruby to improve the native support for such technologies in .NET and Java. IDN talks with the men behind both initiatives, and finds out how such support could speed prototyping, web services development and integration for .NET and Java.

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Download: Microsoft Tool Converts Java, JSPs for .NET

This week, Microsoft released for download its upgraded Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA) 2.0, a wizard-based tool that can automate the conversion of Java syntax and Java code to native Visual C# .NET. The key addition is JLCA's support for JSPs and servlets code. IDN takes a look at JLCA's features and talks with an early developer.

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