Cape Clear Software, based in Waltham, Mass., announced this week the availability of a free suite of tools that simplifies the development of Web services.
The service-oriented architecture editor gives developers a graphical environment to produce services that would be deployed into an SOA. The SOA Editor includes automated wizards that guide developers through common tasks, support for Web services standards, testing tools, support for XML Schema and documentation.
A service-oriented architecture is a design style that builds services that can be reused and shared across a network. Web services is sparking a renewed interest in SOA, experts say.
SOA Editor, for example, creates and edits Web Services Description Language-based services. It is completely integrated with the commercial Cape Clear Business Integration Suite.
Other new features include support for WSDL elements like imports, faults, SOAP headers, multiple bindings, and parameter ordering. It also enables developers to include MIME and non-XML attachments in service definitions. The SOA Editor, which runs on Linux, Windows and Solaris, can also be used to validate a service.