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Financial Firms Upbeat After B2B Web Services Test

Financial services devs have been given some guidelines on how today's web services technology can -- or cannot -- be used for complex and sensitive B2B cash management system integration. Overall, the verdict from some of the most demanding financial firms in the world can be summed up as "OK in some places. Almost more places. Let's stick with it." See why BoA, JPMorgan Chase and others are so optimistic, and what they say still needs to be done.

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IBM, Microsoft, Sun All Get Real with Web Services Code

Last month, IBM, and Microsoft showed a working demo of their next-gen web services standards for reliability, security and transactions management. Meanwhile, Sun released the first J2EE 1.4 codeset with web services, making good on a promise made late last year to bundle core web services support for SOAP, WSDL and UDDI into J2EE 1.4 source.

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The "Big 3" Show Code for Real World Web Services

Last week was a pretty good one for devs looking for evidence that enterprise-ready web services are ready for their attention, Microsoft and IBM jointly showed a working demo of their next-gen web services standards for reliability, security and transactions management. Meanwhile, Sun was offering the first code release of J2EE 1.4 with web services, making good on a promise made late last year to bundle core web services support for SOAP, WSDL and UDDI into J2EE 1.4 source code.

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Tuning Your XML for Clean Web Services

If you've been working on more than project with XML, especially for integration or web services, some experts say you need to make sure your XML is keeping up with the needs of your system for throughput, performance and such. This week, IDN brings devs an XML Checklist for cleaning up code that may have been auto-generated by a variety of tools. If your enterprise is becoming an XML house, it's worth a look. It's easy, quick -- and may even be fun.

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SPML Dev Toolkit Open for Free Download

This week, developers can download a free, Open Source toolkit for SPML -- as OASIS nears full adoption of the SPML 1.0 standard, which uses XML to help ensure cross-platform interoperability for identity and access-control technologies. Take a test drive of the latest tools for helping devs build secure end-to-end web services.

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W3C Issues Latest XQuery Draft 1.0 Standard

Late last week, the W3C released the latest working draft for an XQuery 1.0 standard. The release of the document marks the latest steps among a variety of software vendors -- application, database and tools -- to agree on a common standard for querying XML data and documents. The latest draft, which follows the submission of an XQuery test suite co-developed by Microsoft and IBM, also reflects collaboration with technicians from Oracle, BEA, Bell Labs and others. See why we're on the brink of an XQuery 1.0 spec.

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SPML Passes Demo As Multi-Platform Provisioning Spec

OASIS execs passed a hurdle earlier this month, as they successfully demoed the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) as an XML-derived standard for multi-platform provisioning. While not yet an adopted standard, SPML advocates are eyeing OASIS adoption by the end of the summer. See if this proposed standard passes muster with your needs.

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OASIS to Demo Interoperable Web Services Security

Next week, OASIS looks to tackle head on the vexing issue of provisioning web services security, as it gives the first public demo of SPML, a proposed XML-based B2B framework for provisioning, exchanging and administering user access and other resource rights. At the debut, execs also intend an interoperability demo of multiple vendors' software products that have implemented first-generation Service Provisioning Markup Language.

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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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UML 2.0 Full Suite; MetaObjects Standards Complete

Modeling may get easier for developers to implement and support since the OMG completed its work on defining UML 2.0 and MetaObjects 2.0 standards. See how the work aims to expedite use and deployment of model-based application development, especially for object- and XML-based applications in Java, .NET and CORBA-based legacy environments.

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Java Vendors Look To Add Jolt To Tech, Community

On the eve of next week's JavaOne, there are signs that the major Java vendors -- IBM, Oracle, BEA, Sun, Borland and many others -- are each in their own way looking to re-invigorate the development language, and the community. See where the pushes -- and pulls -- will come from in the Java world this summer.

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XMLSec 1.0 Helps Ensure Multi-Platform WS-Security

Developers now have one more assurance that they will be able to implement WS-Security across multiple platforms. The XML Security Library, an Open Source implementation of W3C's XML Digital Signature and XML Encryption (the core components of WS-Security), has released XMLSec 1.0 to developers. Get this download and other key XML security add-ons.

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