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SAAJ - Fine in Theory, Broken in Practice?

by Stefan Tilkov on  May 19, 2008

In a blog entry, Spring Web Services lead developer Arjen Poutsma discusses the sad state of various SAAJ implementations in major application servers.

Interview: Pete Lacey on REST and Web Services

by Stefan Tilkov on  May 13, 2008 5

In this interview, recorded at QCon San Francisco, (then) Burton Group consultant Pete Lacey talks to Stefan Tilkov about the reasons for his disillusionment with SOAP, describes the ideas behind REST, and addresses some of its perceived shortcomings. Finally, he discusses cases where SOAP/WS-* or RESTful HTTP might be more appropriate.

New Options for .NET-Java Web Services Interoperability

by Boris Lublinsky on  Mar 25, 2008 4

When it comes to web services interoperability between .NET and Java, the choice used to be limited to SOAP over HTTP. Two new options recently became available in this area: WebSphere MQ (WMQ) and ActiveMQ transports can now be used for building interoperable web services between Java and .NET.

The Apache Incubator CXF team announced the availability of the 2.0.4 release

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 30, 2008

CXF is a fully featured Open Source Web Services Framework which people claim is easy to use and is industrial strength. CXF is also embeddable and people have used it often in combination with Spring. CXF is the combination of the Celtix and XFire communities coming together at Apache.

Presentation: Jim Webber on "Guerilla SOA"

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jan 29, 2008 8

In one of the most entertaining presentations on the topic ever, Dr. Jim Webber debunks myths about the mainstream ESB concept and explains how a lightweight approach can yield real benefits without giving in to vendor pressure. Jim claims that an ESB often ends up being just a thin veneer on an existing mess, and how an approach that doesn't put intelligence into the network is superior.

Using Axis2 for Asynchronous Web Services

by Craig Wickesser on  Dec 14, 2007

A new article by Eran Chinthaka, Develop asynchronous Web services with Axis2, provides several examples of using the asynchronous APIs of Axis2 in client and server side applications.

KonaKart: Free Java-based online shopping cart

by Ryan Slobojan on  Oct 22, 2007 10

KonaKart, a free Java-based online shopping cart, just released version 2.2.0.7. InfoQ spoke with KonaKart founder Paolo Sidoli to learn more about this release, and how KonaKart fits into the online shopping cart space.

SOAP/TCP Transport for WCF

by Hartmut Wilms on  Oct 05, 2007

Noemax releases a SOAP/TCP transport implementation for WCF, which makes use of the Fast Infoset in order to improve performance and interoperability of WCF services.

Article: Open Source WS Stacks for Java - Design Goals and Philosophy

by Stefan Tilkov on  Oct 04, 2007 12

InfoQ's Stefan Tilkov questioned lead developers of Apache Axis2, Apache CXF, Spring Web Services, JBossWS and and Sun’s Metro about their design goals, their approach towards Java and Web services standards, data binding, accessing XML, interoperability, REST support, and framework maturity. The results revealed many similarities and some noteworthy differences.

Presentation: Scott Davis on Real World Web Services

by Stefan Tilkov on  Aug 30, 2007 5

In this presentation, recorded at the No Fluff Just Stuff Symposium, Scott Davis provides a pragmatic, down-to-earth introduction to Web services as used in the real world by public sites, including SOAP-based, REST and POX-style examples. While the buzzword density leaves nothing to be desired, the presentation contains a very accessible introduction to the core Web services standards.

Apache Geronimo 2.0: Certified Java EE 5 compatible

by Ryan Slobojan on  Aug 29, 2007 1

Apache Geronimo, an open-source Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application server, recently released version 2.0.1. InfoQ took the opportunity to learn more about Apache Geronimo and where it fits into the application server space.

Interview: Jim Webber on "Guerilla SOA"

by Stefan Tilkov on  Aug 24, 2007 5

In this InfoQ interview, recorded at QCon London, Jim Webber, ThoughtWorks SOA practice leader talks to Stefan Tilkov about Guerilla SOA, a lightweight approach to SOA that does not rely on big middleware products, a message-oriented architectural style called MEST and its differences to REST, and the SOAP Service Description Language (SSDL).

Interview: Anne Thomas Manes on SOA, Governance, and REST

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jul 25, 2007

In an InfoQ interview, recorded at QCon London, Anne Thomas Manes, research director at Burton Group, talks about the state of SOA, explains different ways of getting funding for SOA initiatives, the value of SOA governance and governance tools. Another topic covered is the applicability of REST to SOA, the need for a RESTful description language, and REST support in SOAP toolkits.

Is REST Winning?

by Stefan Tilkov on  May 31, 2007 15

The topic of REST as an alternative for integration has been debated on InfoQ many times before. Recent news suggest REST is now gaining mind share among analysts and vendors, with some seeing REST as "the next big thing".

Navigating WS-*

by Stefan Tilkov on  May 14, 2007 9

Dan Diephouse has posted a paper, titled "Navigating WS-*", that provides an excellent overview of Web services standards and their respective relevance for solving real-world problems.

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