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Microsoft Eyes Upgrades to Window-to-Unix Tools

Microsoft is beginning to scope out a beta program for its Services for Unix (SFU) product, aimed at providing interoperability -- and even integration -- features between Windows and Unix/Linux platforms. See what may be in store for the future SFU, and how it's already making an impact in mixed Windows/Unix, Linux sites.

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It's Official: IBM Owns Rational - Now What?

IBM's $2.1 billion buyout of Rational became official Friday. So, what happens now to one of the leading providers of tools to both Java and Microsoft developers? Rational VP Eric Schurr told IDN the company will continue support for Windows and .Net developers. Also, Rational may promote the "developer-as-integrator" at IBM. Read the full interview.

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Security Beta Ships for Multi-Platform Web Services

Java, .Net and Open Source developers should be able to centrally manage security for the web-based applications, including web services. That's the vision of Cafesoft, a start-up security firm in San Diego. Take a look inside at a beta version of single sign-on security software -- and even download some beta software for free.

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The Best of SOAP Tools and Info -- 2003

With the W3C weeks away from certifying SOAP 1.2 as a standard, Integration Developer News thought it timely to offer a Quick List reference to some of the best known, and most used, SOAP support tools available. Take a quick survey of the web's best resources for downloads and info on SOAP 1.2 ranging from Apache to SoapBuilders, to Soapware to Microsoft (for free stuff).

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Java, Microsoft Drivers on Web Services Road

Developers familiar with Java and Microsoft driver technologies (JDBC and ODBC) will see a boon in XML-enabled tools in 2003, according to a leading provider of drivers and tools. See why SQL is for data at rest and XML is for data in motion, as DataDirect Technologies works with leading SQL vendors Oracle, Microsoft, Sybase and others.

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Driving ODBC, JDBC Drivers to XML Web Services

It will get much easier in 2003 for developers using ODBC and JDBC to upgrade to XML-based web services, according to DataDirect Technologies, one of the leading providers of database driver technologies to software providers and end users. See how DataDirect is working with leading vendors, including Oracle, Microsoft, Sybase and key Java developers, to bring strong XML support to SQL data.

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Virtuoso Expands UDA Features with ASP.NET

OpenLink Software, Inc., a provider of UDA (Universal Data Access) and web services middleware, will include support for ASP.NET in its Virtuoso 3.0 Universal Server for SQL and XML data, slated to ship in Q1 2003. Integration Developer News interviews OpenLink CEO Kimberly Idehen to hear how he thinks developers should prepare in 2003 for web services integration projects.

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Fujitsu Pushes COBOL Support for Web Services

Fujitsu wants to bring better support for COBOL to the Eclipse IDE with plug-in modules for writing, editing and debugging COBOL to the Open Source framework. To date, Eclipse has focused on Java and C/C++. The decision to include COBOL in Eclipse follows Fujitsu's work earlier this year to bring COBOL support to Microsoft's .NET framework and Linux platforms.

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IBM Websphere Exec Says Sun is "Blocking Innovation"

Last week, IBM released Websphere 5, the latest upgrade to its J2EE-based application server, with several key supports for web services. Even so, a key IBM exec says Sun and current JCP rules are "blocking innovation," making it tough for J2EE vendors to push the web services envelop. See what's latest in Websphere 5, and why IBM thinks Sun may be putting a drag on J2EE web services innovations.

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Oracle Poised To Shake Up J2EE IDE Sector

Last month, Oracle made headlines by joining the Eclipse Foundation and submitting new APIs to the Java Community Process. But don't think this means Oracle is getting out of the tools business -- quite the opposite, in fact. Oracle's Ted Farrell, the man behind these moves, tells Integration Developer News that the database giant intends to shake up today's J2EE app developer world.

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JMS Work Brings Asynchronous Features to Apache SOAP

Vendor support for a variety of SOAP-to-Java (and Java-to-SOAP) communications techniques is gaining steam. In the latest example, the Apache Axis Project later this month will release the industry's first native SOAP support asynchronous web services. The support for asynchronous communications follows the inclusion of a JMS (Java Message Service) transport mechanism offered to Apache by Sonic Software.

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OASIS Explores Protocol To Manage B2B Web Services

OASIS has taken on another massive project that could further define the role -- and architecture -- of web services in the B2B arena. A new committee, called the OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee, is taking on the task of defining a new inter-enterprise protocol that would enable developers and sysadmins to build, monitor and manage web services interactions between companies. IDN interviews the chair of the committee to get an outlook of their goals for the upcoming months.

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