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Giga's 2003 Developer's Guide to Web Services

Giga Information Group says that despite a slow start, web services in 2003 have the capability to turn application integration into a "Killer App." In this wide-ranging interview with Giga vice president Uttman Narsu, see why technology and standards are now in place (or will be in early 2003) to empower web services developers to do some neat integration projects.

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Giga's 2003 Developer's Guide to Web Services

Giga Information Group says that despite a slow start, web services in 2003 have the capability to turn application integration into a "Killer App." In this wide-ranging interview with Giga vice president Uttman Narsu, see why technology and standards are now in place (or will be in early 2003) to empower web services developers to do some neat integration projects.

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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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OMG Eyes Better Legacy-to-Web Services Links

To help make it easier for mainframe and other object-oriented legacy applications to work better with web services, the Object Management Group (OMG) is moving on several fronts. During last month's OMG's Integrate 2002, members took the offense to update CORBA and other object-based programming models more able to work with code written with XML, Java, C#, SOAP and WSDL. See OMG's 2003 quick 4-point laundry list.

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Sun, Microsoft Execs Comment on Sun Joining WS-I

Last week, after almost a year on the sidelines, Sun Microsystems joined the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), the web services standard group founded by IBM and Microsoft that now boasts more than 150 members. Integration Developer News spoke with senior executives from both Sun and Microsoft to get a sense of what Sun's coming into the WS-I tent will mean to the future harmony between Java and .NET-based web services.

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Java Execs Eye This Week's J2EE 1.4 Beta Release

This week, Sun makes the beta release of the J2EE 1.4 specification available for download. The key to this release is Java's support for web services standards (SOAP, XML and WSDL), and with this upgrade Java developers should be looking at their development in a new, more highly-integrated way. To find out just how J2EE 1.4 will shape the future of Java developers in a web services world, Integration Developer News spoke in depth with two of Sun's leading voices on J2EE: George Grigoryev, J2EE senior product manager, and Glen Martin, senior marketing manager for J2EE and web services.

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Web Services on Wall Street -- Inside STP

Straight-through Processing (STP) is set to revolutionize application development in the financial industry by providing developers a solution that automates the end-to-end processing of transactions for all financial instruments from initiation to resolution. In this feature, Gunjan Samtani, a divisional VP for Information Technology at UBS PaineWebber, describes how STP in combination with a web services approach will streamline back-office activities, leading to reduced failures, lower risks, and significantly lower costs per transaction.

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Scaling XML to High-Volume -- Dos and Don'ts

Developers looking to scale their pilot XML projects to embrace more volume or to link to more systems should carefully evaluate whether today's popular approaches will truly serve their needs. A recent whitepaper from Zapthink, web services consultancy in Waltham, Mass., found certain drawbacks with all of the top XML performance tuning options, including XSL, parsers and smaller element names. See how Zapthink says developers should cope.

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

For developers looking to unlock the secrets to a successful web services project, Kirby Turner, a Solution Developer with developer services and integration firm Avanade Inc. offers a keen insight: A web service, he says, is "simply a programmable application logic accessed by using standard Internet protocols." Turner uses this core idea as a basis for his "7 keys to building successful web services." In these tips, Turner touches on many questions, ranging from 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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REST Moves To Put XML Data Sharing in Motion

As developers of web services become more interested in ways to support asynchronous communications, various vendors are pushing to improve SOAP-RPC capabilities. Meanwhile, another approach called REST (Representational State Transfer) is gaining developer attention as a way to tie together hundreds -- if not thousands -- of Internet nodes.

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Software Giants Line Up Over Web Services Workflow

Last month, the focus in web service standards was on security. Now, IBM, Microsoft, Sun and other big software names are poised for another debate -- or compromise. See what's is store for the future of workflow and transaction management standards for web services, and get a scorecard to keep track of the players and proposals.

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Microsoft's C#, CLI on the Brink of ISO Standardization

IDN interviews Microsoft's Dr. James Miller, Architect for .NET's Common Language Runtime, to understand what .NET standardization means to Microsoft -- and to developers.

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