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Connect WebSphere and Java applications to SQL Server
FYI: The MS JDBC Driver is completely tested by IBM for use with WebSphere App Server v6.1 and v7.0. From the IBM Announcement for WebSphere Application Server v7.0 : WebSphere Application Server V7.0 does not include the WebSphere Connect JDBC driver that had been provided in WebSphere Application Server...
5 Nov 2008
PowerShell CMDLets for WebSphere MQ - administer queues on Windows or Linux
Last year, I wrote about the idea of PowerShell CmdLets for WebSphere MQ. PowerShell is a beautiful scripting environment, you see, and it allows you to load any managed class library and then call into it. This is what allows me to, for example, create zip files within Powershell . But there are of...
30 Jun 2008
Interop enables IT Agility (sell that Mainframe on ebay?)
Here's an interesting story! January 30, 2008 (Computerworld) An IBM zSeries mainframe that Palm Beach Community College bought for about a half-million dollars in 2005 was sold this month on eBay for $40,000. Mainframes and other IT systems "depreciate worse than cars," lamented Tony Parziale...
7 Feb 2008
JMS Adapters for .NET & BizTalk
Love it! I previously posted about a beta of the JNBridge JMS Adapters. I just got a form email from the company that they've publicly released their adapters. There's a version of the adpater for .NET apps - this allows any .NET app to connect to any JMS resource. Think about that. It's really useful...
16 Nov 2007
Benchmarks and Interop: IBM responds to StockTrader
Just saw comments by Andrew Spyker of IBM on the StockTrader demonstration and benchmark that my buddy and esteemed colleague Greg Leake put together. IBM's Trade 6.1 benchmark application is a sample and performance testing application published by IBM, and is designed to illustrate the proper application...
9 Oct 2007
Keeping it real on SOA
Bobby Wolfe of IBM told no lies when he said that Clients often want to build only an ESB, because that involves a technology challenge without the need for messy business requirements. Building just an ESB becomes an IT field of dreams, where IT builds an ESB and then hopes some SOA will come...
2 Oct 2007
SOA Story featuring WebSphere and WCF Interop, and wow! Look at those prices!
This is an older story, but you may have missed it. (I did!) Insurance provider Safeco initiated a SOA effort and within that, built a new application using WebSphere Process Server, ASP.NET, and WCF Services written in C#. The story was written up on infoq back in May, but it is still very current....
13 Sep 2007
Improving WCF interop with Websphere/RAD by controlling WSDL Generation
I wrote about Christian's foray into this area a while back . Now comes news that other people are confronting the same issue, but with Websphere or Rational App Developer. Here's the problem: WCF emits WSDL that is modular - the base WSDL file references other WSDLs and XSDs which are external. Christian...
20 Aug 2007
Feature Pack for Websphere improves interop with .NET
Back in June, IBM Announced the Feature Pack for Web Services for WebSphere Application Server V6.1 , which adds new support for WS-* protocols into Websphere App Server. Find the announcement here . In the announcement IBM stated that the feature pack ...extends the capabilities of Application...
20 Aug 2007
Fact Check – IBM’s Steve Mills claims on MS and SOA
We saw an article on CNET that included quotes from Steve Mills of IBM directly related to Interop, SOA and Microsoft. Since Interop is one of our passions, we thought it would be worthwhile to respond. Given that we are approaching an election here in the US, we are employing a CNN technique. Let's...
9 Aug 2007
StockTrader - now with source code
Last month I wrote about the .NET StockTrader app , an app that shows Interop between .NET/WCF services and services running under IBM WebSphere. The .NET source code is now available. Download it here . The main stocktrader page on MSDN will be updated with this link soon. Cheers! Update, 27...
27 Jul 2007
IBM WebSphere Registry/Repository and Interop with .NET, part 2
In a prior post , I said that there was no good interop story between .NET and the IBM WebSphere Registry and Repository (WSRR). I said this based on an examination of the WSRR documentation. IBM's product doc is available online and keeping to the IBM standard, is usually very thorough and clear. I...
23 Jul 2007
Custom WCF Channel for IBM MQ
IBM have shipped an early version of a Custom WCF Channel for MQ. The dev team in Hursley contacted me to solicit feedback. It's apparently pretty simple now, supporting only SOAP one-way messaging, but they say if there is sufficient interest and feedback, they will consider developing it further and...
16 Jul 2007
What about this SCA thing?
Ever heard of SCA ? Service Component Architecture? (Leave it to the English-speaking people to glom together 3 nouns and expect people to understand what that jumble of words is supposed to mean. In the glass-houses dept: shades of "Windows Communication Foundation." But I digress!). I've certainly...
27 Jun 2007
.NET StockTrader shows Interop between WCF and WebSphere
Customers looking to build distributed applications according to the principles of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) can use the new .NET StockTrader as a blueprint. This new sample/performance kit download includes full source code and a technical whitepaper that provides best-practices guidance for...
18 Jun 2007
IBM connects .NET to Informix Databases
IBM Software has announced an update to the .NET support for their Informix database. This update includes add-ins for VS2005, plus some big performance improvements.. A new data provider for Informix™ Client SDK V3.0 and its runtime product IBM Informix Connect Runtime (RT) V3.0 allows .NET applications...
7 May 2007
The SOA Road Less Traveled
This caught my eye, an article in Tech Target on Microsoft's approach to SOA, entitled "Microsoft: The SOA road less traveled" . It talks about the role of various Microsoft products and technologies, including BizTalk Server, and Widnows Communication Foundation (WCF) in building apps and systems according...
26 Apr 2007
IBM supports .NET development with Rational Toolset
This announcement came by in February - IBM is now offering something called the Rational Modeling Extension for .NET for pieces of its Rational software development portfolio. Philosophically, this is the replacement for Rational Rose XDE , the well-regarded UML tool for .NET from IBM, that (I believe...
11 Apr 2007
IBM WebSphere Registry/Repository and Interop with .NET
What are the interop options for connecting .NET applications to IBM's registry product, the IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository ? I just saw a piece by Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group , saying that IBM has taken a risk by releasing a registry/repository product that does not...
22 Feb 2007
.NET Logic triggered by IBM MQ Messages
I did not know about this. With WebSphere MQ v6, IBM introduced something called the " .NET Monitor " feature. The .NET Monitor, in MQ, is similar to a WebSphere MQ "trigger monitor." The doc says, developers can create .NET components and register them with the .NET Monitor. When a message is...
16 Feb 2007
WCF to IBM Mainframe CICS?
CICS Transaction Server, sometimes known as CTS and sometimes just called CICS, added support for WS-AtomicTransaction , as of November 2005. There's a tutorial for setting this up , on the IBM website. Essentially CICS TS can act as a provider or consumer of web services. Here's an overview of SOAP...
1 Jun 2006
IBM Message Service Client for .NET
IBM Message Service Client for .NET Part of an ongoing series of posts on JMS-to-.NET interop Philip Willoughby of IBM's Hursley Lab writes that IBM have released IBM Message Service Client for .NET (also known as XMS for .NET) as a category 2 SupportPac - IA9H is the moniker...
6 Mar 2006
OLEDB provider for DB2
You got DB2? Got SQL? Now you can connect them together, better. Microsoft is making the OLEDB provider for DB2 available for download. The Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 is a COM library for connecting to IBM DB2 databases. It is licensed for use with solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server...
19 Jan 2006
.NET can connect to WebSphere's built-in JMS
Phil Willoughby of IBM dropped me a line. Phil apparently works on the XMS stuff, I'm guessing out of IBM's Hursley lab. Phil sez: Re: http://blogs.msdn.com/dotnetinterop/archive/2005/11/04/488770.aspx FYI, XMS can be used to connect directly to the WebSphere App Server embedded JMS system....
16 Jan 2006
PCF with IBM's MQ Classes for .NET
PCF with IBM's MQ Classes for .NET For about 2 years IBM has been providing a supported class library that allows .NET apps to connect to MQSeries. There has always been PCF capability in the class library, but it's not documented and I suppose not supported either. (PCF is the Programmable Command...
2 Dec 2005
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