If you search under Web services in Yahoo! the results include religious
supplies and services, translation services, adult entertainment, and
Internet services; however, that's all about to change. Web services are
going to be the next great thing.
Web services are a new model for creating dynamic distributed applications
with common interfaces for efficient communication across the In- ternet.
They're built around ubiquitous, open standards such as TCP/IP, HTTP, Java,
HTML, and XML, as well as newer standard technologies such as Simple Object
Access Protocol (SOAP), Web Services Description Language (WSDL), and
Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI).
UDDI is a specification of Web services' information registries. Web services
are discovered through a UDDI-based registry, which is distributed across the
Web. In that distributed registry, businesse... (more)
The IBM WebSphere family of products can be a lot of different things to
different people, and – just like any family – each member has it sown
strengths and weaknesses.
Some are fully developed and mature; others are just starting out. Each
member has its own way of doing things and of working with other members of
the family. Some members are very cooperative and eager to work with
outsiders; others stay close to the family.
The most important part of the family, though, is not the software itself,
it’s the people who design, build, customize, deploy, and administer the
Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WebSphere Developer's Journal, recently spoke
with Larry Bowden, vice president of IBM Portal
WSDJ: What was the genesis of the IBM Portal and how were you involved? We
built portals long before they were called portals. Customers have been
describing to IBM for several years how they wanted to use business
technologies to lower costs and improve productivity for employees by
bringing the applications, content, processes, and people interactions to a
new Web-based workspace. Some customers focused on employees as their primary
goal, others on part... (more)
Development tools like WebSphere Studio, according to IBM's Scott Hebner,
have changed "from being almost rogue initiatives with a lot of customers
driven by a couple of departments into really being strategic investments
now." And the entire usage of tools like this, and of application servers
overall, has, he notes, changed.
WebSphere Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Jack Martin had the opportunity
recently to engage with Hebner's entire team, the team behind marketing IBM's
WebSphere infrastructure software, in a wide-ranging and exclusive
discussion. In this first install... (more)
It's been a busy month in the world of WebSphere, with the advent of some
very exciting new functions in WebSphere Studio and WebSphere Application
Server. The latest version of WebSphere Studio (v5.1) takes a huge step
toward helping people build Web applications in Java - without needing to be
a Java expert. This version contains several rapid application development
features, such as a visual editor for Java and Enterprise JavaBeans, and a
wizard for generating Web services. These features enable a whole new class
of people to start customizing WebSphere.
WebSphere Studio now... (more)