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  • Is REST the future for SOA?

    In this article Boris Lublinsky discusses architectural difference between SOA and REST and discusses different approaches for leveraging REST in SOA implementations

  • Nobody Needs Reliable Messaging

    Marc de Graauw challenges the notion that transport-level reliability mechanisms like WS-ReliableMessaging are needed, showing how business-specific logic for in-order and exactly-once processing do the job much better with examples from Dutch Healthcare's SOA.

  • 10 SOA Commandments

    Using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) it is possible to lower the costs of information systems. Paradigms which are appropriate to database era are still being applied to SOA, resulting in counterproductive, and sometimes even dangerous designs. The author explores ways to achieve the potential of SOA initiatives by adhering to ten basic commandments.

  • "Can I call you back about that?" Building Asynchronous Services using Service Component Architecture

    This article discusses the need for asynchronous services when you build an application using a service-oriented architecture. Building asynchronous services can get complicated, but is made straightforward using Service Component Architecture (SCA). The steps involved in using SCA to create an asynchronous service and asynchronous service client are described in this article.

  • Steve Sloan on BizTalk Server 2006 R2

    InfoQ talked to Steve Sloan, Senior Product Manager, about the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 in the context of SOA.

  • Open Source WS Stacks for Java - Design Goals and Philosophy

    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.

  • Interview: Dino Chiesa on Microsoft's SOA strategy

    Microsoft has intensified its marketing efforts on SOA with the launch of a new web site, a series of webinars, an ebook, “SOA in the Real World” and the “SOA & Business Process Conference 2007”. In the next couple of months Microsoft will also be releasing .Net 3.5 and an ESB Guidance. InfoQ talked to Dino Chiesa, Director of Marketing for .Net to better understand Microsoft's SOA strategy.

  • Making Sense of all these Crazy Web Service Standards

    Michele Leroux Bustamante explains the most relevant WS-* standards used today in terms of their actual implementation among WS platforms (with a focus on Java and .NET), their level of adoption and readiness. If you are new to web services or to the WS* protocols, or you are having difficulty keeping up with the pace of change in this area, this article should help.

  • Eric Newcomer on WS Transaction Standards

    In a recent blog post, IONA CTO Eric Newcomer wrote about the OASIS Transaction TC's progress in standardizing the Web services WS-Coordination, WS-AtomicTransaction and WS-BusinessActivity specifications. Eric talked to InfoQ about this particular set of specifications, as well as the standardization process and the role of the big players in general.

  • An Introduction to Web Services Reliable Messaging

    Web Services Reliable Messaging 1.1 is available as a new draft version of the OASIS specification originally released by Microsoft, IBM, BEA and others. WS-RM ensures messages can be delivered reliable over unreliable protocols such as HTTP. Paul Fremantle, co-chair of the OASIS technical committee, provides an introduction.

  • Web Services Guru Dr. Frank Leymann on SOA

    Frank Leymann is a full professor at the University of Stuttgart and co-author of many Web Service specifications, including WSFL, WS-Addressing, WS-Metadata Exchange, and the WS-Resource Framework set of specifications. He was one of the driving forces behind BPEL4WS. InfoQ's Stefan Tilkov talks to Dr Leymann about SOA research, REST, Web Services and other important topics for SOA.

  • ESB Roundup Part two: ESB Use Cases

    This is the second part of InfoQ's ESB series, an exploration of Enterprise Service Bus, or ESB technologies. The focus is use cases required by companies deploying this technology, such as protocol bridging, security intermediation and service virtualization. The article references analyst commentary, survey research results and comments on part one of the ESB roundup.

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