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VelociGen unveils XML-based Web services platform

San Diego-based VelociGen Inc. has announced the availability of VelociGenX, a new Web services application development and run-time platform the company said uses XML technology to provide anything-to-anything application connectivity. VelociGenX has completed a beta-testing process that included more than a dozen computer systems companies, IT consulting firms and enterprise-class users as participants, according to VelociGen.

The company said its VelociGenX allows companies to develop reusable Web services solutions that incorporate data from any source or application, with no restrictions on the type of transaction, deployment or scalability. With VelociGenX, companies can "wrap, link and run," Web service meta-applications, or "wrapplets," from both legacy and dynamic data sources, according to VelociGen. Once these XML components or wrapplets are created, they can be archived, copied, modified and reused.

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Transoft launches Web application adapter

Atlanta-based Transoft has announced the release of its Transoft Web Application Adapter, an XML framework the company said speeds the development of Web applications and allows integration with existing business logic and data.

Written in Java and deployed as a Java servlet, the Transoft Web Application Adapter accepts multiple XML data feeds over the HTTP protocol, Transoft said. Through its connection to other members of the Transoft Intelligent Adapters product suite, it can also deliver legacy business logic and data as component-based XML services, from virtually any application written in any language, according to Transoft. The Transoft Web Application Adapter Integrated Development Environment (IDE) includes extension for Dreamweaver, the Macromedia Web application development tool.

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Onyx releases Internet architecture for integration platform

Onyx Software Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based supplier of e-business solutions, has released a new multi-tiered Internet architecture that Onyx said enables large enterprises to deploy and maintain Internet-based customer relationship management (CRM) systems in less time and at a lower cost than required with traditional client-server solutions.

The new architecture is designed to give large enterprises a single platform for managing customer and partner relationships. It is centered on the Onyx Enterprise Application Server (OEAS), the company's new XML-based integration and customization platform. Onyx said the object-based platform enables customers to integrate directly to other enterprise-class systems and leading middleware products through industry standards, including XML, Component Object Model (COM) or Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

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Infopia unveils XML API for e-marketplace integration

Infopia Inc., a Salt Lake City-based developer of e-marketplace management tools, said it has released its first XML application program interface (API). The API will enable marketplace, commerce and marketing solution providers to add Infopia's Marketplace Manager functionality to their offerings, allowing their merchants and customers to list product and inventory information on multiple online marketplaces, the company said.

The technology behind Marketplace Manager is based on a combination of artificial intelligence and the accumulated aggregation of major online marketplaces, including auctions, malls, classifieds, business-to-business exchanges and shopping comparison sites. The XML API will be available to qualified partners to facilitate expedited integration of services with several marketplaces, including eBay,, Yahoo!, MSN and Excite, according to Infopia.

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OASIS forms panel on security access control with XML

OASIS, the XML interoperability consortium, said it has formed a new technical committee to standardize security access control using XML. The OASIS Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) Technical Committee will define an XML specification for expressing policies for information access over the Internet, the organization said.

XACML will build on access control specification work already under way worldwide, including XACL from IBM in Japan and XML-AC from the Department of Information Technology at the University of Milan, Italy, OASIS said. Initial members of the OASIS XACML Technical Committee include Baltimore Technologies, CrossLogix, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Jamcracker, Oblix, Reuters, Sun Microsystems and WebMethods.


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