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Quick Takes: Sun, Systinet team up on free SOAP course

Our latest news briefs from around the industry include details on a free SOAP course from Sun and Systinet, a new .NET help tool from eHelp, a cross-platform virtual database for SQL from OpenLink Software, and more.

Sun, Systinet team on free SOAP course

Systinet, a Cambridge, Mass.-based Web services infrastructure software provider, is teaming up with Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to cosponsor a free, half-day tutorial for Java developers on how to create and deploy SOAP Web services. Presenters from Systinet and Sun will lead the seminar, which will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Sun's Santa Clara, Calif., campus.

The seminar is designed for Java developers who want to understand how to build, deploy, secure and manage Java Web services. The tutorial will include a lecture on the concepts, standards and technology that underpin Web services, including SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. The presenters will then explain in detail more complex subjects related to Web services, such as security, interoperability and manageability.

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eHelp offers new .NET help tool

San Diego-based eHelp Corp. has released RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET, a help-authoring tool to support the .NET Framework, Microsoft's Windows-based component for building and running applications and XML Web services.

RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET combines eHelp's award-winning help-authoring environment with new functionality for the .NET Framework, including support for Windows Forms, ASP .NET Web Forms and XML Web services. RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET generates help systems for the .NET Framework using WebHelp, the company's browser-based help tool.

RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET is designed for customers who are developing in Visual Studio .NET, an integrated development environment for building applications with the .NET Framework, as well as those who need to integrate professional help systems into their applications. RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET includes new context-sensitive help APIs and a new server component, RoboEngine.NET, to deliver integration with the .NET Framework.

Pricing for RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET starts at $1,999 and will be available before the end of February.

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OpenLink releases Virtuoso 3.0 beta

OpenLink Software Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based middleware provider, has announced the commercial release date of Virtuoso 3.0, the latest edition of its cross-platform virtual database for SQL, XML and Web services. The new release enables transparent and concurrent access in real time to heterogeneous data sources that include ODBC-, JDBC-, OLE DB- and .NET-accessible databases, XML documents and data-set-oriented Web services.

Virtuoso provides access to heterogeneous data sources through a number of industry-standard data access interfaces, such as XML, XPath and XQuery. It also integrates transparently with runtime environments for distributed computing, such as Microsoft .NET, Mono and J2EE, enabling the creation and hosting of WSDL-compliant XML Web services, stored procedures, functions, triggers and user-defined types that are written in Java or any .NET-bound language.

Virtuoso 3.0 is currently available in public beta form for the Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and UNIX operating systems. It will be commercially available during the first week of March.

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Mindreef lands in Jolt award finals

Mindreef LLC, the Hollis, N.H.-based creator of the SOAPscope Web services diagnostic tool, has announced that Software Development magazine has named SOAPscope a finalist for the 13th annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards.

Software Development's Jolt Awards are presented annually for products that have "jolted" the industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier and more efficient. Jolt Cola, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software programmers for sustenance during development project marathons, sponsors the awards presentation. This year's awards will be presented March 26.

This year, Mindreef SOAPscope was selected as one of seven finalists in the new Best Web Services Tool category. Overall, 66 finalists in 11 categories were chosen from more than 700 nominations by a team of Software Development editors, columnists and industry gurus.

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Verisign, WebMethods strike API deal

WebMethods Inc., the Fairfax, Va.-based integration specialist, and VeriSign, a digital security firm based in Mountain View, Calif., have reached an agreement that will allow WebMethods customers to waive sign-up fees for the VeriSign Payflow Pro Payment Service.

Payflow Pro is a popular payment processing and settlement service for secure, Web-based payment transactions. Payflow Pro handles credit cards, purchase cards, debit cards and electronic checks.

By exposing Payflow Pro APIs as Web services, WebMethods customers can integrate Payflow Pro with their existing flows. VeriSign normally charges a $199 sign-up fee, but this agreement eliminates that price tag for all WebMethods customers.

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