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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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Early-Release XQuery Tools Could Be Out by Fall

Database vendors are aligning over XQuery as a standard for querying XML data and documents. IBM and Microsoft just submitted a test suite to W3C for review, and even have help from Oracle and Informix to fine-tune XQuery's support for Java. XML-watchers say early code samples and implementations could be ready by fall, with full XQuery out there in early 2004. Get an update and resources.

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Database Vendors Align Over XQuery Work

For all the recent disharmony among database providers over web services workflow (or choreography), there is unity on another key front, XQuery. The W3C this week should begin reviewing a test suite for complying with its standards for querying XML data and documents. Even though the test is based on joint work by IBM and Microsoft, competitors Oracle, Informix, and others are climbing aboard.

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Sun Wastes Little Time Preparing WS-I "Wish List"

It's barely a week since Sun Microsystems was voted onto the board at WS-I, and already the company is mapping out their agenda for contributing to the web services group of more than 160+ vendors co-founded by Microsoft and IBM. Sun's WS-I delegate, Mark Hapner, a distinguished engineer, shared Sun's potentially controversial "To Do" list for changes in WS-I with IDN. See what you think.

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W3C Proposes Flexibility on Royalty-Free Policy

The W3C, concerned that some of its work on web services standards could slow, last week began searching for a flexible compromise on the controversial plan to allow only royalty-free technologies to be considered as standards. While W3C insists the new plan keeps the RF preferences in place, the body wants to provide flexibility on a case-by-case basis. See the plan.

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10 Developer Tips for Getting the CEO On Board

As web services have matured, many developers are getting eager to tap into their traditional "glass house" legacy systems. To take that step, however, Java and C# developers will need approvals from top line managers. An exec from Attachmate, provider of legacy emulation and integration, provides IDN with 10 good tips for winning them over.

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WS-I Sets Basic Profile for Interoperable Web Services

The WS-I has released a working draft of its first Basic Profile document. It provides developers an exhaustive list of implementation guidelines for how to use SOAP, WSDL and XML Schema to help ensure projects will interoperate with other systems. IDN looks in-depth at these specs for messaging, service description, discovery and security in our Q&A with a key WS-I exec.

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W3C Enters Uncertain Waters with New Workflow Group

This month, the W3C officially began the process of exploring standards for Choreography -- the way web services will exchange business rules for workflow within an enterprise and between businesses. But even before the new working group holds its first meeting, political and technical rifts among vendors could cloud the work's immediate impact.

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The 5 Biggest Myths about Developing Web Services

As 2003 proceeds, the trick for developers will be to tell the difference between myth and reality. In this special column for IDN from Bob Sutor, director of IBM's Web Services Strategy, Bob gives developers a perspective on how standards work being conducted by IBM, Microsoft, and others is designed to empower -- not confuse -- developers. Bob also helps de-FUD the topic of "What can be done now?"

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W3C Takes Big Steps to Finalize SOAP, XML Standards

The W3C has taken significant steps forward to give web services developers a collection of core standards for protocols and language use. Most notably, standards for SOAP, XML Namespaces and XHTML are entering their final stages, and final adoption could be only weeks away.

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Developer Advice as Unity over Security Emerges

As Sun, Microsoft and IBM unify on web service security, a just-released ZapThink study suggests some helpful ways for developers to separate hype from reality.

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W3C Approves New Security, Validation for XML

The W3C continues its breakneck pace to implement data-centric security and formatting standards for XML. The latest security standards, endorsed by Microsoft, IBM, Sun and BEA, among others, give developers two new protocols to help parse XML documents into discrete data for transmission. W3C is also shipping a new Validator to keep your XML clean.

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