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(April 22, 2002) - As an aid to the undeniable throng of folks who still wouldn't know the difference between a Web service and a hole in the ground, Cape Clear Software has recently published access to Google.com as a Web service - so that a Web search can be conducted entirely by e-mail. Obviously this means that the search is asynchronous rather than immediate. But Cape Clear's thinking is that such a service may be useful for those with infrequent, low quality access to the Internet - people using mobile phones, for example, or offline laptop users. The way it works is that you send an e-mail to google@capeclear.com with your search terms in the Subject line and the next time you're able to check your e-mail you'll find that it has automatically sent you back the top ten results. This makes it a perfect Web services app for wireless devices where Internet connecti... (more)

JNetDirect to Exhibit at SYS-CON's SOA World Conference & Expo

JNetDirect provides software products for improving their customer's connectivity, integration, management and security to their data resources. Products include JDBC drivers, Business Intelligence, Database Management, Disaster Recovery/Backup solutions and Password Management applications. Below is a brief overview of some of these software applications. JDBC Drivers - Since 1999, JNetDirect database drivers have set the industry standard for performance and stability. Their JDBC drivers are deployed worldwide -- in virtually every conceivable Java configuration -- giving organ... (more)

"Web Services Put People in the Center of the Action," Says Bill Gates

(August 21, 2002) - Speaking to developers in Canada this week, after a four-year hiatus from speaking publicly north of the border, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates appropriately made the crossing of boundaries one of the themes of his remarks. The sharing of data across systems and device boundaries, for example, was something that XML is making ever more possible, Gates explained - adding, "We're seeing that basic connectivity isn't enough. The most interesting uses of connectivity require a platform that doesn't just show things to people on a scr... (more)

W S- Reliability Promotes Open, Royalty- Free Messaging Standard

(January 10, 2003) - A group of leading IT vendors, consisting of Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Oracle Corp., Sonic Software, and Sun Microsystems have published the Web Services Reliability (WS-Reliability) specification working draft. By providing a fundamentally more reliable transport infrastructure, WS-Reliability will help accelerate adoption of Web services, making them relevant for an even wider range of enterprise application and integration challenges. WS-Reliability is a specification for open, reliable Web services messaging-including guaranteed del... (more)

Over $8 Billion Market for Service-Oriented Process Solutions by 2008, Says Report

(April 21, 2003) - As enterprises apply service-oriented architecture principles to business process management and automation, they will find that "Service-Oriented Process" solutions will supplant the need for today's integration solutions, concludes a report published by analyst firm ZapThink, LLC. The report predicts that the market for these service-oriented process solutions will grow from $120 million in 2003 to over $8.3 billion by 2008 The report defines service-oriented process as a separate abstraction layer for business process definition and execution that leverages th... (more)