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  • Microsoft announces release of “Zermatt” Identity Framework

    Microsoft released a beta of “Zermatt”, an identity framework for developers using the .Net framework. The framework helps developers build claims-aware applications to address application security requirements using a simplified application access model.

  • Interview: Mark Little on Transactions, Web Services, and REST

    In this interview, recorded at QCon London 2008, Red Hat Director of Standards and Technical Development Manager for the SOA platform Mark Little talks about extended transaction models, the history of transaction standardization, their role for web services and loosely coupled systems, and the possibility of an end to the Web services vs. REST debate.

  • XRI versus URI?

    The XSI technical committee is attempting to standardize the 2.0 version of their specification. After 3 years, the W3C is still not convinced about the need for yet another URI scheme. With one of the original intentions behind XRI (Web Services and more "complex" objects on the Web) clearly not in need of XRI, is this a standard too far?

  • Will Sun Add SCA Integration to the Java EE Specification?

    While in the past, the Java community debated over backing SCA or JBI, there are some signs that both of them might be formally incorporated into Java EE 6.

  • Interview: Pete Lacey on REST and Web Services

    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.

  • A Fair Comparison of REST and WS-* using an Architectural Decision Framework: is the Debate Over?

    Olaf Zimmermann and his colleagues have developed a general Architectural Decision Framework. In this paper presented at WWW 2008, they demonstrate how this framework can be used to compare REST and WS-* an possibly end an almost decade long debate.

  • BPEL4People Virtual Roundtable Interview

    In another one of our semi-regular Virtual Roundtables, InfoQ took the opportunity to talk to some of the main authors behind the BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask specifications and find out the driving forces behind it and what we can expect next.

  • Strengthening the Alliance Between Java EE and SCA

    The 0.9 draft of the SCA Java EE Integration specification, just published by the Open SOA collaboration, defines the integration of SCA and Java EE within the context of a Java EE application, the use of Java EE components as service component implementations, and the deployment of Java EE archives either within or as SCA contributions.

  • Sun Metro and .NET WCF Interoperability

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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.