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Tools add Web services to existing Java EE applications

by Jack Vaughan

“The big technical challenge with using Web services for integration today typically is that you have a number of applications that don’t support Web services,” says Mark Hansen, head of start-up Proxisoft, formerly known as AgileIT. Hansen has created software that, once installed in a Java EE environment, allows you to point and click on classes and methods to create Web services.

Hansen is the author of “SOA Using Java Web Services”. In previous stints Hanson founded database tools company QDB Solutions and e-commerce integrator Kinderhook Systems.

In Hansen’s view, this is not a developer’s tool for programming Web services, but rather an architect or analyst tool for adding services to active applications.

The name of the software is Netrifex 1.0, and it is a framework clearly dedicated to streamlining creation of Web services for existing Java applications. Hansen said it has built-in intelligence for dealing with popular Java Struts and Spring Frameworks. Netrifex can in effect read a Struts design, discern forms and classes and convert that “in a meaningful way” into Web services, he said.

Some ideas embodied in Netrifex 1.0 come out of Hansen’s original work on “SOA Using Java Web Services.” A trial version of Netrifex is available.

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