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(January 17, 2002) - Microsoft's putative software platform for developing and running e-commerce Web sites, Commerce Server 2002, has been released this week in a public beta version so that developers can see for themselves whether MS delivers on its promise of tight integration with the existing Visual Studio.NET application development environment. A number of class libraries and interoperability with the Common Language Runtime (CLR) will help developers use ASP.NET to create applications that run on Commerce Server, says Microsoft Corp in its accompanying statement to developers. Continuing the Redmond giant's focus on the "developer in a hurry," Commerce Server 2002 features a number of pre-built site templates. It will also will support multiple languages and currencies for the first time. Existing components such as product catalogs and transaction analysis... (more)

WebSphere vs .NET: IBM and Microsoft Slug It Out

(January 11, 2002) - In an exclusive interview with the Web Services Journal News Desk, Microsoft group product manager Greg Leake is pulling no punches when he asserts his opposite number at IBM - in the interview we posted earlier - is "misinformed" and that IBM was "misrepresenting" the licensing costs applied by Microsoft when claiming that the client access licenses required for Windows 2000 Server drive up the cost for .NET as more users connect. "IBM WebSphere 4.0 costs 15 times more than Microsoft .NET in the example analyzed," maintains Leake. He also refutes the posit... (more)

Borland C++Builder 6 Equipped with Latest Web Services Technologies

(Scotts Valley, CA) - Borland Software Corporation has released Borland C++Builder 6 for rapid development of e-business applications with Web services support in a true C++ visual development environment. C++Builder 6 enables C++ developers, estimated at 2.6 million worldwide, to simplify e-business integration across diverse platforms between customers, suppliers, business partners, and employees worldwide. Borland was the first company to provide a rapid application development (RAD) environment for building and deploying Web services on the Windows platform with Delphi 6 and ... (more)

IBM Courts Developers to Web Services

(March 18, 2002) - One of the best ways to drive adoption of emerging technologies, such as Web services, is to provide the developers with something to tinker with. IBM's alphaWorks and developerWorks portals do just that. In 2001, there were 85,000+ downloads of Web services technologies from alphaWorks, IBM's resource of emerging technologies. In addition, site traffic to the developerWorks "Web Services Zone" shot up 450% to more than two million page views. Developers are hungry for Web services-related information, and IBM is feeding it to them. A recent Summit Strategies r... (more)

Web Services Journal at JavaOne

JavaOne came early this year, with its new date of March as opposed to its traditional June venue. This appeared to catch both vendors and attendees by surprise, resulting in fewer announcements and a drop in overall attendance, aided and abetted by the dual religious holiday weeks of Passover and Holy Week. Nevertheless WSJ was at the show covering the action. From a Web services perspective, the conference was somewhat mixed. Java is a mature platform at this point in time, so the truly monumental announcements and advances come somewhat slower in order to protect the installed... (more)