• December 02, 2002 02 Dec'02

    Follow up answers from the Jim Keogh webcast

    Jim Keogh is the author of 54 technology-related books, including J2EE: The Complete Reference. Jim ...

  • November 27, 2002 27 Nov'02

    Successful Web services require standards and strategy

    Sticking to standards is important when developing best practices for Web services, but experts at Comdex Fall 2002 said it is just as important to plan how a Web service will integrate with other technologies and whether it will replace or augment ...

  • November 26, 2002 26 Nov'02

    Grid computing gaining hold

    Most of us have heard of the SETI@home project (harnessing spare PC compute cycles donated by casual PC users to power the complex computations required to investigate extra-terrestrial life) but far fewer of us understand that the same technology ...

  • November 01, 2002 01 Nov'02

    Borland grows from strength to strength

    Borland capped off a busy month with another acquisition last week. This time it was TogetherSoft, a clever little firm that touts first rate development suites -- making it a prime selection for Borland's increasingly powerful round table.

  • October 31, 2002 31 Oct'02

    Vignette shines content management guiding light

    Vignette sought to extend its lead in the content management space with the unexpected acquisition of portal vendor Epicentric. It's said that the buy-out will cost Vignette around $32 million in cash and stock but it's a wise move that should pay ...

  • October 24, 2002 24 Oct'02

    Understanding the real costs of integration

    These days, it seems that everyone is pitching the merits of using Web services to better integrate systems and businesses. "Drastically reduce integration costs, increase time-to-market and improve business flexibility using Web services!" claim ...

  • October 23, 2002 23 Oct'02

    Breaking XML to optimize performance

    As XML becomes ubiquitous throughout the enterprise, it increasingly taxes the systems that must deal with it. Even though there are a wide range of hardware and software solutions coming to market that aim to alleviate XML's performance bottlenecks...

  • October 21, 2002 21 Oct'02

    Progress buys eXcelon for $24 million

    Progress Software has announced that it will buy XML tools and data management firm eXcelon for $24 million. Over the next six to 12 months, eXcelon's product line will be merged with that of Sonic Software, an integration and Web services ...

  • October 09, 2002 09 Oct'02

    RSA strives to keep Web services safe

    RSA Security says C programmers can use its new SDK to add digital signatures to Web service messages and prevent tampering beyond firewalls, but XML messages could still fall victim to prying eyes.

  • October 08, 2002 08 Oct'02

    Security: The number one worry for IT pros

    An interesting study from services company Synstar landed on's desk claiming to identify the various pressures faced by IT managers and IT Directors in European companies with more than 200 employees. The questions asked were broken ...

  • October 04, 2002 04 Oct'02

    Follow up answers from the David R.R. Webber webcast

    David R.R. Webber is the co-author of ebXML: The New Global Standard for Doing Business...

  • October 01, 2002 01 Oct'02

    Mercury Interactive defines BTO

    For years, Mercury Interactive has been the leader in applications testing. More recently it has been extending its reach into the broader area of application monitoring and reporting. Now, in a major launch, the company is taking another step by ...

  • September 25, 2002 25 Sep'02

    Software AG looks to capitalize on Web services

    Software AG looks to capitalize on Web services

  • September 06, 2002 06 Sep'02

    BPEL4WS: Another big step for Web service standards

    The three new Web services specifications announced by IBM, Microsoft and BEA Systems are a step in the right direction for creating a common approach to define and implement business processes. Hurwitz "applauds" the effort and expects the ...

  • August 27, 2002 27 Aug'02

    IP Addresses (and misaddresses)

    In the third of this four-part series, IT-Director puts the litigious confusion of domain names, trademarks and copyright behind, and turns their attention to IP addressing.

  • August 26, 2002 26 Aug'02

    Web services testing: Beyond SOAP

    Today's Web services are often little more than software components wrapped in SOAP interfaces, and as such, today's software testing tool vendors only need to add simple XML support to their product lines in order to offer Web Services testing ...

  • August 21, 2002 21 Aug'02

    Microsoft award winner: .NET proves its value

    One winner of a new Microsoft awards program recognizing .NET Web service development says that several advantages offered by .NET make the platform worthwhile.

  • August 14, 2002 14 Aug'02

    GridFrastructure develops grid authentication and management

    GridFrastructure. It's not exactly rocket science to figure out the opportunity this startup is heading for. But it claims to be developing a suite of management, authentication, security, resource utilization and monitoring, accounting, charge-back...

  • August 13, 2002 13 Aug'02

    UDDI for the enterprise: Version 3 is a big step forward

    For both security and usability reasons, UDDI has played second fiddle to SOAP and WSDL as a critical Web services technology. This article discusses two important announcements that will help UDDI overcome the hurdles it is facing.

  • August 01, 2002 01 Aug'02

    Web services can reduce risk

    Web services can provide a better approach for application rationalization, project scoping and management. In this article, CBDi Forum considers one of the more complex systems application areas currently being hotly debated - the UK's National ...

  • July 29, 2002 29 Jul'02

    The three steps to Web service integration

    Web services represent a significant new phase in the evolution of software development. As such they are attracting a great deal of media and industry hype. Vendors from all areas of the market are claiming leadership in the Web service arena, most...

  • July 24, 2002 24 Jul'02

    An asynchronous message queuing example with .NET

    Wondering how Visual Basic .NET handles sending and receiving messages compared to VB6? Roy Hoobler says although the .NET classes are in a new "messaging" assembly that is easy to navigate and understand, the classes themselves are not much ...

  • July 24, 2002 24 Jul'02

    Integrating disparate IT

    Besides the permanent impact of a deteriorated macroeconomic climate, another pressure being exerted on IT is industry and technology trends of standardization, such as J2EE and Web services integration.

  • July 23, 2002 23 Jul'02

    Berners-Lee: Web services movement will be a turning point

    World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee says the Web services movement could be a turning point for the entire IT industry.

  • July 19, 2002 19 Jul'02

    Applying security protocols to business

    This week the Liberty Alliance announced the availability of its version 1.0 specifications for open federated network identity, and Sun Microsystems in a carefully choreographed launch delivered its platform supporting the specification. This is a ...

  • July 11, 2002 11 Jul'02

    Quiz #27: Security Awareness for End-users

    How much do you really know about the security terms you hear experts throw around? This quiz is not only fun to take, but will also help you gain knowledge needed to protect yourself.

  • July 11, 2002 11 Jul'02

    Quiz #25: Security Attacks

    Ignorance definitely isn't bliss when it comes to security. Take this fun quiz and see how much you really know about security attacks.

  • July 08, 2002 08 Jul'02

    XML security: Frequently asked questions

    Blake Dournaee, author of "XML Security" answers 10 frequently-asked-questions on Web services security, taken from his June 19, 2002 Live Expert Q&A Webcast entitled, "XML security standards: XML Signature, XML Encryption, XKMS.

  • July 03, 2002 03 Jul'02

    SeeBeyond and Siebel demo CRM-BPM integration

    SeeBeyond and Siebel are teaming up on a new demonstration center to showcase the combination of the two companies' technologies with legacy IBM OS/390 systems. Could a tighter union be in the works?

  • July 01, 2002 01 Jul'02

    HP software targets service management

    One area that HP is addressing covers the management of Web Services with the release of OpenView Transaction Analyzer, which helps to identify performance bottlenecks in both J2EE and .NET architectures.

  • June 28, 2002 28 Jun'02

    IBM's Web services play off Microsoft and Sun

    Are relations between IBM and Sun finally thawing? With Sun's J2EE battling it out with Microsoft's .NET to become the de facto standard platform for Web services, the release of IBM's new WebSphere Developer Kit places Big Blue squarely in the J2EE...

  • June 26, 2002 26 Jun'02

    Fujitsu and Microsoft expand relationship

    With Hurwitz Group research showing the platform market bifurcated between .NET and J2EE, Fujitsu's move may swing the balance a bit more to .NET, particularly in the Asia/Pacific market.

  • June 26, 2002 26 Jun'02

    Sun releases Sun ONE Application Server and Developer Platform

    Sun Microsystems has announced the latest release of the Sun ONE Application Server and Developer Platform. Ahead of the announcement, Hurwitz Group spoke to Sanjay Sarathy, Director of Product Marketing for Sun ONE Application Server and Developer ...

  • June 19, 2002 19 Jun'02

    Ambiguity surrounds Web services management

    Ambiguity surrounds Web services management

  • June 13, 2002 13 Jun'02

    Government and finance industry urge caution on XML

    The XML world received a double-dose of sobering news, as reports from both the U.S. General Accounting Office and NACHA, an electronic payments organization, urged their constituents to move cautiously on any commitment to XML. Both reports cite ...

  • June 13, 2002 13 Jun'02

    U.S. Federal XML guidelines

    The United States federal government's XML Work Group, a sub-committee of the Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC), drafted its first guidelines that spell out best practices for the use of XML in federal agencies. This document, which begun ...

  • June 04, 2002 04 Jun'02

    Product Review: Carnot Workflow Management System

    Research shows that the number of companies that have successfully deployed a Business Process Management System (BPMS) at the corporate level is still small. Process control logic is as yet buried in applications. However, awareness is rapidly ...

  • June 04, 2002 04 Jun'02

    Quick Takes: ClientSoft links mainframes and Web services

    Quick Takes: ClientSoft links mainframes and Web services

  • June 04, 2002 04 Jun'02

    How to describe business rules

    Every business operates on the basis of business rules, yet in analysis and design we still pay too little attention to business rules. A business rule is "declarations of policy or conditions that must be satisfied." Business rules need to be ...

  • May 31, 2002 31 May'02

    Web services as a strategic element of your Supply Chain

    Web services are seen as a wonderful advancement in technology enabling all manners of integration and information exchange between multiple platforms, operating systems, databases and systems. To date, however, the sparkling examples of Web ...

  • May 29, 2002 29 May'02

    Product Review: Macromedia JRun 4.0

    Over the last few years J2EE has become a force in creating business and enterprise applications. JRun 4.0 is J2EE 1.3 compatible and retains its commitment to be a lean and fast servlet/JSP container.

  • May 21, 2002 21 May'02

    Web services simplified

    One of the few shining lights in today's murky Internet technology environment is the area of Web services. Spearheaded by Microsoft's .NET initiative, Sun's SunOne architecture, and IBM's WebSphere platform, Web services promise a new level of ...

  • May 16, 2002 16 May'02

    IBM's Gamble on Grid Computing

    Big Blue is working on a relatively new kind of computing known as Grid Computing. In a nutshell, Grid Computing allows multiple computers over a distributed network (in particular, the Internet) to act as though they were one large computer -- or ...

  • May 15, 2002 15 May'02

    Choosing a technology for data persistence

    This excerpt from TechMetrix's report "Strategies for persistence of business objects in J2EE architectures" sets out the key factors to bear in mind when integrating object technologies into your information system.

  • May 13, 2002 13 May'02

    Product Review: IONA E2A Collaborate

    IONA's Web Services Integration Platform supports several standards including ebXML, RosettaNet, cXML, xCBL, and EDI. Adapters are provided for technologies, such as CORBA, J2EE, JMS, and IBM's MQSeries. In addition, IONA has adapters for ...

  • May 10, 2002 10 May'02

    Let's talk QoS

    Sometimes it is necessary to interject a dose of IT operations reality into the excitement surrounding new technologies and application development paradigms like Web services...

  • May 10, 2002 10 May'02

    Storage management services: Integration will provide the path

    Recent announcements from Computer Associates, International and VERITAS have focused on storage management products that approach users in a services fashion. As Web services continues to mature and gain credibility within enterprises, storage ...

  • May 07, 2002 07 May'02

    Web services is for business intelligence, too

    For a couple of years now, we've been barraged with messages from the press, analysts, vendors, and others about possible useful applications of Web Services. Almost all of these messages envision Web services in a transactional world, sometimes as ...

  • May 06, 2002 06 May'02

    J2EE vs. .NET for Web services: So, who's winning the tools race?

    Much has been made of the Web services development showdown between J2EE and .NET. Which platform will win over the market? And, more importantly, given that the Web services computing model enables the interaction of applications that can be built ...

  • May 01, 2002 01 May'02

    Designing a VB.NET client for Web services

    Creating Web services with Visual Studio.NET is a great way to get systems communicating with each other; either internally over the network or externally over the Internet. However, building a scalable OOP client is just as important. This article ...

  • April 23, 2002 23 Apr'02

    Comparing and contrasting the pros/cons of J2EE vs. .NET

    Expert Dave Ranck has designed and built award-winning Web-based applications in both Microsoft and Java technologies and regularly speaks at seminars and events on topics relating to Web services, .NET and J2EE. In this article, he answers a user's...

  • April 17, 2002 17 Apr'02

    iPlanet App Server and Web services

    iPlanet Application Server 6.0, first released in May 2000, is one of the major outcomes of the strategic alliance formed by AOL/Netscape and Sun. With a highly modular and scalable architecture entirely built on J2EE, iPlanet Application Server ...

  • April 08, 2002 08 Apr'02

    Creating a VB.NET Web service

    Roy Hoobler's latest article shows how to implement a Web service server and client and some of the object oriented issues in designing a VB.NET application.

  • April 03, 2002 03 Apr'02

    EVENT: Using Web services to integrate .NET with Java

    This Webcast will look at what is involved with taking an existing Java application and consuming it in a .NET Windows Forms application.

  • March 22, 2002 22 Mar'02

    Taking Web services to tasks

    According to one analyst, business process management (BPM) boils down to a more efficient workflow, and it can help a company implement Web services more proficiently.

  • March 14, 2002 14 Mar'02

    EVENT: XML Security Standards: XML Signature, XML Encryption, XKMS

    Understanding what an XML Signature is and how it differs from a traditional digital signature. Understand the need for XML Encryption as well as the motivation behind XKMS. This webcast serves to dispel the mystery behind XML Security standards and...

  • March 08, 2002 08 Mar'02

    Quick Takes: AXS-One launches offering for services industry

    Quick Takes: AXS-One launches offering for services industry

  • February 26, 2002 26 Feb'02

    Quiz #20: Cryptography

    "OK, boys and girls! Do you have your secret decoder handy? Here's this week's special message." (Radio message to subscribed members of the Lone Ranger Club, circa 1943.) Don't need a decoder ring? Take our cryptography quiz to prove it.

  • February 26, 2002 26 Feb'02

    WS-I to thrash out six-month timetable

    WS-I to thrash out six-month timetable

  • February 25, 2002 25 Feb'02

    Quiz #17: DSL

    DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a technology for bringing high-bandwidth information to homes and small businesses over ordinary copper telephone lines. Test your knowledge and find out if your brain cells are "always on."

  • February 25, 2002 25 Feb'02

    Quiz #19: Artificial Intelligence

    The empires of the future are the empires of the mind... Winston Churchill. Take our fun quiz to test your knowledge of artificial intelligence.

  • February 20, 2002 20 Feb'02

    Apache Axis 'drag and drop' Web services

    The drag-and-drop approach of publishing Web services is a great idea, better (at least easier) than Microsoft's .NET. I am impressed with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET but it is a much bigger system. The implementation of Axis is far better than ...

  • February 15, 2002 15 Feb'02

    Analysis: .NET tools mark new Web services battle

    Developers have already taken up Visual Studio .NET in beta versions, but Microsoft must still persuade its core base of Visual Basic users to take the plunge if it is to compete successfully against Java.

  • February 13, 2002 13 Feb'02

    Crystal Decisions provides VS.NET with a familiar feel

    Today Microsoft officially launches Visual Studio.NET, Crystal Decisions says with its VS.NET add-on, developers can turn business intelligence into Web services faster.

  • February 05, 2002 05 Feb'02

    Magic Software recasts developer tool for Web services

    Magic Software has updated its Magic eDeveloper application-building environment to support Web services. One developer said it can produce results faster than Java can, but hard-core coders may not like that it's browser-based.

  • January 25, 2002 25 Jan'02

    Quick Takes: Sonic Software passes Sun's Java compatibility test

    In this week's product roundup, Sonic Software makes the grade with Sun, MODCOMP joins BEA's Star Program, and Nimble Technology publishes a new white paper.

  • January 22, 2002 22 Jan'02

    Demystifying Web services: How they really work

    More than any recent technology, Web services are surrounded by hype, mystery, and a bit of mumbo jumbo thrown in for good measure. Does anyone really know what they are or how they work? Find out how Web services really work.

  • January 04, 2002 04 Jan'02

    Quick Takes: iConexio gets thumbs up from IBM

    Quick Takes: iConexio gets thumbs up from IBM

  • December 04, 2001 04 Dec'01

    Testing Web services apps is MagNetPoint's playground

    MagNetPoint is involved in welding Web services applications together and testing them in its development environment before they are deployed in real-world environments.

  • November 14, 2001 14 Nov'01

    jBroker Web: Web Services Development for any Application Server

    Among the many promises of J2EE perhaps most important is the promise of application portability. Let's put this promise of portability to the test using SilverStream Software's new Web services technology known as JBroker Web and development and ...

  • November 06, 2001 06 Nov'01

    Container-Managed vs. Bean-Managed Entity Beans

    Decisions are often the result of tradeoffs. As developers we trade art for engineering to make our creations come alive. This is especially true in the domain of EJB entity beans. By the time you decide to build your system with an architecture ...

  • November 06, 2001 06 Nov'01

    Making EJBs Flexible with Environment Entries

    EJB environment entries: it's a subject so seemingly elementary that I almost dismissed it as an article topic. However, although simple, environment entries play a huge role in making Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) flexible. Therefore, at least for ...

  • October 24, 2001 24 Oct'01

    Web services: Coming soon, sort of

    The industry has to clearly outline the advantages of Web services if they want the technology to catch on in business.

  • October 23, 2001 23 Oct'01

    Quick Takes: Web services catching on

    Nimble Technology has released a software platform to power Web services and Altova has readied a line of software tools for XML application development.

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    SALT vs. VoiceXML?

    The Speech Application Language Tags Forum is creating an alternative to Voice Extensible Markup Language because of shortcomings it sees in that markup language in handling simultaneous voice and data dialogues.

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    A Brief History of the Development of SGML

    SGML, in its present form, is the result of the efforts of many people, channelled into four major activities that occurred over the past twenty years: generic coding, the GML and SGML languages, the SGML standard, and major SGML applications.

  • October 15, 2001 15 Oct'01

    Roundtable: What do you see as the most important emerging XML standard?

    It seems every day there's a new XML proposal or protocol. It can be confusing. So we asked the keynote speakers at XMLEdge 2001 to briefly outline what they thought was the most important emerging XML standard. Here's what the experts had to say...

  • October 05, 2001 05 Oct'01

    Product Brief: TIBCO's Turbo XML

    Turbo XML is an Integrated Development Environment for developing and managing XML assets, with facilities for creating, validating, converting, and managing XML schemas, files and DTDs.

  • October 04, 2001 04 Oct'01

    Finding XrML a home

    ContentGuard, a provider of digital rights management technology, has taken the first steps to promoting its digital rights management language.

  • October 01, 2001 01 Oct'01

    Quiz #13: AS/400

    This week's new quiz was suggested by one of our visitors who had just taken a quiz. (We have several other visitor-suggested quizes in the wings.) As one of the world's most widely-installed "solutions" for the small- and medium-size business, it...

  • September 26, 2001 26 Sep'01

    Kinzan buys portal maker to boost back-end integration

    Kinzan Inc. says its acquisition of an enterprise application portal provider will simplify integration between its front-end applications and back-end systems such as customer relationship management.

  • September 26, 2001 26 Sep'01

    JD Edwards launches B2B application

    Edwards has adapted its eXtended Process Integration middleware technology to link with external suppliers, customers and partners and create private b-to-b exchanges.

  • September 24, 2001 24 Sep'01

    Product Brief: Sonic Software's SonicMQ

    SonicMQ, is a JMS based messaging server that was recently certified as compatible with J2EE. SonicMQ supports publish-and-subscribe, point-to-point messaging and XML.

  • September 19, 2001 19 Sep'01

    How to break into a network: Identify wireless network security risks

    Attaching your enterprise architecture to a wireless network can create serious security concerns. Learn how to avoid these wireless security risks.

  • September 19, 2001 19 Sep'01

    Quick Takes: Web services everywhere

    A Web services conference is being planned and Linux programmers are gung ho on the Web services Internet application model.

  • September 14, 2001 14 Sep'01

    Part II: It's a Web Services World

    What excites many people about Web Services is their usage on the Internet. Already there are sets of functioning Web Services available for use on Typically these expose very simple interfaces, because only very simple ...

  • September 14, 2001 14 Sep'01

    SOAP: Disrupting the balance of power (Part 1)

    The Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is making profound changes to the communications and interactions landscape. In the truest sense of the phrase, SOAP is a disruptive technology. SOAP is not only being adopted and endorsed by rivals such as ...

  • September 13, 2001 13 Sep'01

    Pros and Cons of E-Learning

    Technology has changed everything in the workplace, including the way we train employees. It seems it was only yesterday that forward-thinking companies were setting up computers in their training rooms to give employees hands-on experience before ...

  • September 13, 2001 13 Sep'01

    WebMethods pushes Web services

    The race to support emerging Web services standards is on. Integration software vendor webMethods said it will support current standards.

  • September 10, 2001 10 Sep'01

    How to make the most of performance management tools

    Making the "always available" promise of the Internet a reality is Gelco Information Network's Ryan Rager's job. Learn from his experience with these tips on selecting, deploying, and managing performance management tools.

  • September 10, 2001 10 Sep'01

    Quiz #12: Database II

    Some of you may have found our "Quiz #8: Database Basics" not quite challenging enough, so here's a tougher one. Good luck!

  • September 06, 2001 06 Sep'01

    Quick Takes: Middleware booming

    IDC predicts the middleware market will grow 12% annually during the next four years and Vertel is now selling a Java edition of its Object Management product line.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #3: Data Storage

    Take our fun quiz to see how your data storage IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #8: Database Basics

    Take our fun quiz on databases to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #9: Wireless

    Take our fun quiz on wireless to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #10: TCP/IP

    Take our fun quiz on TCP/IP to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #2: Security Basics

    Take our fun quiz on security basics to see how your security knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #4: Networking Hardware

    Take our fun quiz on networking hardware to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #5: Getting your Message across a Network

    Take our fun quiz on networking to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #7: Protocols

    Take our fun quiz on protocols to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.