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W3C Eyes New Security Protocols for B2B XML

The W3C has taken two steps forward on its proposal for two new protocols to ensure better security for XML data transfers. Developers have until Halloween to tell W3C if it's headed in the right direction with the latest plan. The proposals, XML Encryption Syntax and Processing and Decryption Transform for XML Signature, would enable data sharing and web services transactions to use smaller XML data elements rather than entire XML documents. See if the plans are a trick or treat in time for your comments.

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Scaling XML to High-Volume -- Dos and Don'ts

Developers looking to scale their pilot XML projects to embrace more volume or to link to more systems should carefully evaluate whether today's popular approaches will truly serve their needs. A recent whitepaper from Zapthink, web services consultancy in Waltham, Mass., found certain drawbacks with all of the top XML performance tuning options, including XSL, parsers and smaller element names. See how Zapthink says developers should cope.

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P2P Tools Target Microsoft Office Data Sharing, Integration

Moves by Microsoft and competing ISVs seem to be setting the stage to bring web services-type data sharing to desktop applications. Learn more about the latest P2P sharing technologies to help enterprise developers build programs enabling end users to more easily access and share Microsoft Office files (in Word, Excel and Access).

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Liberty, WS-Security Uniting Over SAML Standards

Last month, the Liberty Alliance Project elected a new president Michael Barrett, vice president for Internet strategy at American Express. Since his election, Barrett has left little doubt that he will push those vendors sparring over identity and security standards -- notably Sun, IBM and Microsoft -- to reach an agreement on interoperability. In this special focus, Integration Developer News tracks down execs from Sun, Microsoft, RSA and others to get an update on how well the "peace talks" are going. See why these talks may be going better than you thought.

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Hands-On: 7 Keys To Building a Better Web Service

For developers looking to unlock the secrets to a successful web services project, Kirby Turner, a Solution Developer with developer services and integration firm Avanade Inc. offers a keen insight: A web service, he says, is "simply a programmable application logic accessed by using standard Internet protocols." Turner uses this core idea as a basis for his "7 keys to building successful web services." In these tips, Turner touches on many questions, ranging from using registries, setting security, and even the vexing debate over how much XML hand-coding does a developer really need to know.

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The CyberSecurity Plan -- A Developer's Perspective

The nation's first CyberSecurity Plan was released last month to mixed reviews. But drill past the sound bytes and front-line developers might actually find a few tidbits and recommendations that will prove important to them and their tech managers. IDN peels away the covers of the 64-page report, and makes it easy for you to send in your comments to Uncle Sam (which are due by mid-November). You'll also hear from fellow developers.

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JMS Work Brings Asynchronous Features to Apache SOAP

Vendor support for a variety of SOAP-to-Java (and Java-to-SOAP) communications techniques is gaining steam. In the latest example, the Apache Axis Project later this month will release the industry's first native SOAP support asynchronous web services. The support for asynchronous communications follows the inclusion of a JMS (Java Message Service) transport mechanism offered to Apache by Sonic Software.

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Online Lender Cashes In with Improved J2EE App Management

The lowest mortgage rates in 40 years has accelerated business for online lenders -- if their systems can run fast enough and work reliably. With the promise of a rapid ROI, one of the nation's fastest growing online mortgage broker has found a way to help their front-line Java developers overcome the complexity of J2EE management. The result: Developers have tons more visibility and control over their applications, without writing complex management scripts with SNMP or JMX (Java Management Exchange). See how and why the techniques used by NexStar Financial Services could change the whole game for managing Java and non-Java integrated apps.

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REST Moves To Put XML Data Sharing in Motion

As developers of web services become more interested in ways to support asynchronous communications, various vendors are pushing to improve SOAP-RPC capabilities. Meanwhile, another approach called REST (Representational State Transfer) is gaining developer attention as a way to tie together hundreds -- if not thousands -- of Internet nodes.

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OASIS Explores Protocol To Manage B2B Web Services

OASIS has taken on another massive project that could further define the role -- and architecture -- of web services in the B2B arena. A new committee, called the OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee, is taking on the task of defining a new inter-enterprise protocol that would enable developers and sysadmins to build, monitor and manage web services interactions between companies. IDN interviews the chair of the committee to get an outlook of their goals for the upcoming months.

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OASIS Explores Protocol To Manage B2B Web Services

OASIS has taken on another massive project that could further define the role -- and architecture -- of web services in the B2B arena. A new committee, called the OASIS Management Protocol Technical Committee, is taking on the task of defining a new inter-enterprise protocol that would enable developers and sysadmins to build, monitor and manage web services interactions between companies. IDN interviews the chair of the committee to get an outlook of their goals for the upcoming months.

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REST Moves To Put XML Data Sharing in Motion

As developers of web services become more interested in ways to support asynchronous communications, various vendors are pushing to improve SOAP-RPC capabilities. Meanwhile, another approach called REST (Representational State Transfer) is gaining developer attention as a way to tie together hundreds -- if not thousands -- of Internet nodes.

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