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A number of solutions exist for creating Java-based Web services from a variety of different providers. Options range from individual processing engines that plug into existing application servers to large enterprise-class platforms in which Web services is one of many components. Each option provides its own set of challenges and benefits while addressing different types of requirements. For the enterprise, Oracle's Application Server 10g provides a robust option. The 10g version of the application server from Oracle provides a highly flexible and scalable Java-based Web services capability. The tools provided by the system allow for almost any Java object or PL/SQL function to be exposed as a Web service. Web Services Support The Oracle Application Server Web services architecture in 10g provides the infrastructure to expose a variety of objects as Web services, i... (more)

Oracle BPEL Process Manager

Service-oriented architecture (SOA), while its underpinnings have been around for years, has recently become one of the most talked about topics in the IT industry. The interest in SOAs is largely due to the emergence of Web services and their ability to expose business applications through well-defined interfaces in a platform-independent manner. While an SOA need not be built using Web services, it certainly presents an attractive option for a variety of environments. In an SOA, applications are exposed from a process-centric viewpoint. Some examples include services that hand... (more)

Product Review: Altova Enterprise Suite 2005

XML development is a term that can mean many things to many different people. For some, it is the modeling and creation of XML Schemas and instance documents used to exchange data. Others see it as a part of the larger effort of developing Web services. Still others view it as a means to transform and integrate systems whose data structures and definitions are proprietary. All of these types of development require various skills and tools. Altova's suite of XML tools provides functionality for essentially all forms of XML development. The suite includes core Schema and instance do... (more)

Cordys BCP - True Collaboration SOA Web Services

Building truly collaborative systems relationships between organizations is a daunting challenge in today's business environment. While technologies such as Web services have risen to assist, true collaboration requires a far greater set of functionality. The Cordys Business Collaboration Platform (BCP) provides a set of components designed to address the challenges of collaborative systems relationships across disparate businesses. The platform comprises a set of components that provides the ability to deliver orchestrated applications in a services-oriented architecture. Cordy... (more)

AmberPoint Express from AmberPoint, Inc.

Not surprisingly, Web services management tools are quickly appearing to assist developers and system administrators alike with the maintenance of service-based applications. One such product is AmberPoint Express, a free Web services management and monitoring tool whose mission is to provide developers with the ability to "...incrementally measure, debug and fine-tune the performance and functionality of their Web services..." The product is currently available in three flavors: .NET, WebSphere, and Apache Tomcat with Axis. Versions tailored to other major application servers wi... (more)