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Sun Metro and .NET WCF Interoperability

by Stefan Tilkov on  Mar 26, 2008 1

The latest interoperability event (a “plugfest”) at Microsoft’s Redmond campus showed impressive results for interoperability between future releases of Sun’s Metro Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation in .NET 3.5. InfoQ had a chance to talk to Harold Carr, the engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability at Sun, about the interop results.

Higgins 1.0: Identity Management Solutions from the Eclipse Foundation

by R.J. Lorimer on  Feb 28, 2008 1

Identity management for networked and distributed applications continues to present several unique challenges for users and developers. Higgins is a suite of identity management solutions from the Eclipse foundation, created with the intent of simplifying and adding consistency to online authentication.

Interview: CORBA Guru Steve Vinoski on REST, Web Services, and Erlang

by Stefan Tilkov on  Feb 26, 2008

In a new interview, recorded at QCon San Francisco 2007, CORBA Guru Steve Vinoski talks to Stefan Tilkov about his appreciation for REST, occasions when he would still use CORBA and the role of description languages for distributed systems. Other topics covered include the benefits of knowing many programming languages, and the usefulness of of Erlang to build distributed systems.

Interview: Sanjiva Weerawarana on Web Services, REST and Open Source SOA Tools

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jan 30, 2008 1

In this interview, Stefan Tilkov talks to Sanjiva Weerawarana about web services and REST, about core standards that are essential for web services standards, open source SOA tooling, scripting languages and web services, and the strategy of WSO2 in providing open source middleware.

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.

Should developers write their own transaction coordination logic?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 15, 2008 3

In a recent discussion Mark Little and Greg Pavlik discuss whether transaction coordinators and transaction protocols are necessary in the context of widely distributed units of work. Isn't the knowledge of state alignment patterns enough?

BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask Head To OASIS

by Mark Little on  Jan 11, 2008

John Evdemon, co-chair of the WS-BPEL technical committee, has announced that BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask are going to OASIS. Adding a standard approach to human interaction support to WS-BPEL is something many people have been asking for and this could be the solution.

A Second WS-CDL Tool-Suite Is Born

by Mark Little on  Nov 28, 2007

Hongbing Wang and his team in China become the second group to release a WS-CDL based tool-suite. Several people have suggested that WS-CDL is the an often overlooked critical component in developing Web 2.0 and SOA applications, but until now (and for the past few years) there has been only one tool-suite.

InfoQ Minibook: Composite Software Construction

by Stefan Tilkov on  Nov 26, 2007

In a new InfoQ minibook, InfoQ SOA Editor and SOA Enterprise Architect Jean-Jacques Dubray describes the state of the art and emerging new approaches in building "Composite Software", solutions created by assembling existing services. The book is available as an InfoQ Minibook, i.e. free of charge in PDF format for InfoQ users. A printed version is available too.

Interview: Paul Fremantle on the State of WS-*

by Stefan Tilkov on  Nov 13, 2007 2

In a new InfoQ interview, Paul Fremantle, WSO2 co-founder co-chair of the OASIS committee that standardized WS-Reliable Messaging, talks to InfoQ about the state and relative importance of web services standards, the role of open source software for SOA, his views on the eternal REST debate, and WSO2's business model.

Single Sign-On beyond the firewall

by Gavin Terrill on  Nov 05, 2007

Taking a look at the challenges that lay ahead in the quest for Federated Identity Management.

Lord Of The Rings: Web Style

by Mark Little on  Nov 03, 2007

Paul Downey has produced a Lord of the Rings style adventuring map for SOA, titled The Web Is Agreement.

IBM announces a broad set of new product releases, services offerings and the SOA Sandbox

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 16, 2007

IBM announced a wide update to its SOA product line and services offerings. In addition, it published a large collection of white papers, presentations and labs as part of the SOA Sandbox.

Interview: BT's Chief WS Architect Paul Downey on "Loving the Web"

by Stefan Tilkov on  Oct 16, 2007 1

In this interview, recorded at QCon London, Stefan Tilkov talks Paul Downey, Chief Web Services Architect for BT, about Web services standards, Paul's work in the XML Databinding working group, WS-* vs. REST, and cool stuff BT offers to developers.

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.

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