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A new book on Extensible Markup Language has been published and Gartner has advised businesses to get cracking on Web services or lose out.

"XML Complete," has just been published by Sybex Inc., San Francisco, an independent computer book publisher. A compilation of Sybex's earlier XML books, it includes information on creating elements to using XML with servlets. It costs $20.

Gartner gung ho on Web services

Gartner Inc., a research and consulting firm in Stamford, Conn., said Web technology is so important and useful businesses should not wait for the perfect implementation of Web services but should start pilot projects using Web standards and deployment models no later than the second half for next year. The advise was made at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Florida last week.

IONA supports Web services

IONA, Waltham, Mass., an e-business platform provider, has created a new version of the IONA Mainframe Integrator. Version 2.0 supports the integration of mainframe applications into new business and Web services applications. IONA Mainframe Integrator 2.0 is native to the OS/390 - z/OS environment and transforms applications running in CICS, IMS, batch and other mainframe environments into services accessible throughout a business. It provides unique and full support for COBOL and PL/I, the languages of mainframe systems and developers.

WebRiposte ready for Web services

Escher Group, Cambridge, Mass., a provider of peer-to-peer messaging and data management solutions, now supports XML Web Services in its WebRiposte product. WebRiposte with XML Web Services uses the Microsoft .NET framework and provides a platform environment for building Internet applications. It supports XML Web Services standards such as Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language.

Decade Systems launches XML integration product

Decade Systems Corp., Toronto, Canada, an integration solutions provider in the mortgage industry, has launch its Total Enterprise Data Integration 4.1. It creates Extensible Markup Language data that can be used for a wide variety of mortgage applications and provides support of MISMO XML standards in addition to better performance, expanded functionality and increased libraries of vendor file structures, the company said.

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