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Geneva supports OASIS WS-Trust, SAML
Last week at the PDC 2008, Microsoft released the public beta of “Geneva”. “Geneva” is three things: Geneva Server. This is a security token service (STS), as defined in the OASIS WS-Trust specification. This thing issues and transforms claims, manages user access, and enables automated federation...
7 Nov 2008
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
It just got easier to build REST apps in .NET
The REST starter kit that we launched at PDC is now live! :: http://www.msdn.com/wcf/rest . The WCF REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that help people build REST apps using WCF. WCF, part of the .NET Framework, got some enhancements for REST support...
29 Oct 2008
Eclipse tools for Silverlight and .NET
There is now an Eclipse project, Eclipse4SL , to produce tools that work with Microsoft Silverlight . See Neil Hutson's blog post for some details. For those of you who have day jobs and find it hard to keep up with all the code-names and product names coming out of Microsoft, Silverlight is the...
13 Oct 2008
Weblogic JMS with .NET
This came out last month, I just learned about it from an email from Jesus today. WebLogic Server 10gR3 now has an officially-supported .NET client for its JMS provider . Very cool. Some of you might be wondering, just what does that mean? It means there is a queue mechanism in the WebLogic Server...
9 Oct 2008
Using the WSDL-First design approach with WCF services
Couple of helpful posts from the archives for you. If you are care about interop, then you probably want to use a contract-first or WSDL-first design for your web services. In other words, you will not simply decorate server-side code annotations (in Java) or attributes (in .NET) and generate WSDL...
5 Sep 2008
Web services interop with WCF - Relevant Forum Questions
I was just browsing the WCF forum on MSDN. Here's a summary of the recent interesting threads dealing with interop: How to map complex data types exposed by a J2EE web services, into a WCF client? How to use connect from an AXIS 2 client to a WCF service using SSL? How to transfer a Hashtable...
4 Sep 2008
HOW TO: Configure the jakarta Tomcat connector for IIS (serve JSP from IIS)
Steve Sfartz offers a tip for configuring the Tomcat connector on IIS, to allow IIS and Tomcat to run from the same domain. This will allow numerous interop scenarios, one of which is to allow IIS to serve Silverlight apps while the Tomcat engine can serve JSP and Servlets.
12 Aug 2008
Changing of the Guard: AXIS out, JAXWS in
I have come to a conclusion: I no longer want to deal with the hassle that has become Apache AXIS. Back in the day, when interconnecting Java to .NET was still novel, I started using Apache SOAP to show how interop between .NET and JAva was possible. I was looking for something simple and easy, something...
30 Jul 2008
Connecting to Exchange using JAX-WS, part 1
Yes, it is possible to Connect to Exchange using JAX-WS The fear and trepidation I had when considering the effort to connect a Java application to Exchange Server 2007 was well founded. It wasn't easy. I'm going to spoil the ending and tell you, yes, it is possible to connect Java apps to Exchange...
29 Jul 2008
Connecting Java to Exchange over WebDAV, with Apache HttpClient
Earlier I mentioned a Java Exchange Connector I had seen, and in that post I also said that I had some code that connected from Java to Exchange Server via WebDAV. Some people have asked for the code, so here it is. I use a set of Apache libraries to make this possible: Apache Commons HttpClient for...
21 Jul 2008
Open Source and Interoperability
Open. Source. Is. Not. Interoperability. Ted Neward is an entertaining and talented writer, not to mention a stand-up guy, and a first-rate technogeek. But that doesn't mean he is always right. I was just reading and old post of his which I missed during my unscheduled sabbatical, in which he writes...
18 Jun 2008
Java Exchange Connector and EWSJ
Just saw this on TheServerSide.com . The Exchange Web Services for Java (EWSJ - what happened to the 4?). It's a Java class library that uses the Apache AXIS web services stack to connect connects to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, via the published and supported Exchange Web Services interfaces. ...
17 Jun 2008
DotNetZip, open source library for .ZIP files, revs to v1.4
I have updated DotNetZip, the open source Zip Library for .NET, to v1.4. Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . New features!! password support is here! Whoohoo!! This is PKzip (weak) encryption. Another new feature: you can now add entries into zips using content from streams. There are...
30 May 2008
Whatever happened to WSRP? (psst: I'll give you a hint, it rhymes with BEST, and you can do it on a mattress)
Remember when the Java vendors used to advocate WSRP as a way to accomplish Interop ? I never thought much of WSRP as a tool for implementing interop, and I went on the record with that . Web services (without the RP add-on), and REST are what people are using for interop, and that really makes...
3 Apr 2008
Where were we 3 years ago? "Java apps don't interop with apps built on MS technology."
Ha! I wrote recently about the history of .NET Interop in the industry, and how perceptions in the industry have changed so much. I was looking for some old benchmark code (dirty little secret - I do not use a project management and code versioning system, but the more code I write, and the older...
28 Mar 2008
A Look back at the History of .NET Interop
Check out the last few weeks worth of blog posts here. One on .NET and Google's Social Graph API. Another on .NET connecting to OpenID. Another on JSON, another on JMS. When I started this blog, there were people out there who knew , they were certain, that .NET apps could not connect to systems built...
27 Mar 2008
Java/XML Binding Options? WebSphere prefers JAXB 2.0...
I'm looking to put together more Java and .NET interop samples. If any of you have any particular requests, let me know. One of the key areas for interop I'm looking at is XML serialization. Today I was scanning the web looking for insight into the leading Java-to-XML binding frameworks. For those...
24 Mar 2008
.NET and Java Interop over Web services - using JMS!
Earlier this month, Syscon published an article that describes how to interconnect .NET and Java apps via a web services programming model, but using JMS as part of the connectivity infrastructure. I just saw it today. The solution relies on ActiveMQ . The key capability of ActiveMQ that makes this...
21 Mar 2008
Microsoft article on how to use Virtual Earth from Java (JSP)
from the Virtual Earth blog . Will wonders never cease? If you are a Java programmer and want to use Virtual Earth from a Java application, check out this article . The VE protocols are "open enough" that you can get to them from virtually any web-aware platform, including Java PHP, Ruby, and...
14 Mar 2008
JNBridge Interview on Channel9
Kirk Evans of Microsoft interviewed Wayne Citrin of JNBridge, the Interop company. Check it out on Channel9 .
4 Mar 2008
WADL and WSDL and REST, oh my!
Hernan Garcia made an interesting comment on my post of yesterday: For REST, there is an alternative to the WSDL in SOAP and it is WADL . Good point Mr Garcia - The adoption and practical utility of WADL is worth watching. The question for me becomes whether WADL+REST is actually better than WSDL...
6 Feb 2008
Interesting: Microsoft may become Platinum Sponsor of Apache Software Foundation
Am I the first to notice this? Yahoo is a platinum sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation . If Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo goes through , Microsoft will assume that role. Interesting! I wonder if that is the key reason Steve Ballmer wants to spend $44Billion on Yahoo? heh heh.
6 Feb 2008
Java Native Interface library for MSMQ - opensource on CodePlex
More CodePlex stuff. I have posted MsmqJava, an open source MSMQ Library for Java, on CodePlex. Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/MsmqJava . This thing allows any Java application running on Windows to connect to MSMQ, to enqueue and dequeue items, via a Java Native Interface. It's a nifty...
6 Feb 2008
DotNetZip, open source ZIP library for .NET applications, revs to v1.3
I have updated DotNetZip, the open source Zip Library for .NET, to v1.3. [Update, 3 January 2009: DotNetZip is now at v1.7 . It includes Unicode, ZIP64, and runs on the Compact Framework. ] Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . Some of the key fixes new features include: ability to...
5 Feb 2008
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