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  • Blog Post: REST Q & A - enough already

    Tim Bray at Sun has some questions and comments on REST . First, let me say that the religious wars over WS-* and REST seem to be generated by a very small number of people who have a very large amount of spare time. Don't these people have things to do ? Can it possibly be enlightening or helpful...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Thrift, Google ProtoBufs, and Interop

    Dare had an en-pointe analysis of the emergence of various new non-standarcd communications protocols, such as Facebook Thrift and Google Protocol buffers , and how they compare to the standards-based comms protocols like RSS, ATOM or even WS-*. Dare correctly points out that these tools can be useful...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a REST app in .NET (with WCF)

    My prior post talked about how NOT to write a REST app in .NET. I mentioned WCF as the preferred option. In this post, I'll describe the steps for how you should do it. Some background First up, you should use WCF to build your REST app. WCF is the Windows Communication Foundation . ( Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Date and Time Values and Java Interop: a concrete example using XStream

    Last month I posted on Date and Time values and interop. One of the key points I made is that you can lose information (specifically timezone information) when you transition from .NET to something else. If you stay within .NET, then you don't lose that information, even if you serialize to XML and then...
  • Blog Post: Open XML a superb standard - says Mono dude

    Slashdot reports that Miguel de Icaza, founder of GNOME and Mono, recently remarked in a Google groups discussion that Open XML is a “superb standard” and that the spec has been unfairly criticized. “ OOXML is a superb standard and yet, it has been FUDed so badly by its competitors that serious people...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Interop between ASMX and WCF Services

    My esteemed colleague, Kevin , is working on a project where the customer has a bunch of ASP.NET (ASMX) web services, and they are looking at migrating to WCF. The customer's goal is simplicity: in stage 1, they'd like to keep their ASMX files, keep the IIS hosting, but add a .svc file to also host the...
  • Blog Post: Using Java to program openXML documents

    I've blogged about this before. Now I See there is a sourceforge project supporting the use of Java to access openXML docs. Brian Jones has the scoop: http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2007/03/20/programming-against-the-openxml-formats-with-java.aspx
  • Blog Post: Open XML Workshop in Redmond, March 13-15

    Want to learn about Open XML from the source? There's an opportunity coming up March 13-15 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. It's called the Open XML Deep Dive developer workshop . If you’re adopting Open XML, and need deep technical training on the details of the format, including the...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learned using RSS with .NET 2.0: Simplicity and Speed

    RSS, .NET 2.0, and Interop For many people, when they think of Interop with respect to .NET development, they think, first and foremost, Web Services. This is good as far as it goes but...Web services is neither necessary nor sufficient for interop in many cases. RSS is a great example of an XML document...
  • Blog Post: Use Office 2003 XML Schema, no worries

    In the past I've posted some articles [ 1 , 2 ] about generating Office 2003 documents from a server-side Java application. I also posted some example code . Of note, the Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas are now also available under the Open Specification Promise . Basically, with the OSP, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Peter Galli of eWeek on Microsoft and its work on Interop

    Editorial excerpt of the Week. From an article mostly about Sender ID , a specification for e-mail authentication, Peter Galli commented on Microsoft's recent work on interop: “Over the past four months Microsoft has announced a number of key interoperability activities focused on business and technical...
  • Blog Post: Prettification of XML - .NET 2.0 partial classes

    Prettification of XML - .NET 2.0 partial classes I wrote about prettification of XML in Web Services earlier, and described how you can prettify your XML by modifying the generated code. As Ram points out, in .NET 2.0, you can use partial classes for a cleaner way to add the XmlNamespaceDeclarations...
  • Blog Post: Prettification of XML Serialization within Web Services

    Prettification of XML Serialization within Web Services This came up yesterday on an internal mailing list. A colleague remarked that, following best practices in modular schema design results in bloat of serialized messages, particularly with namespace attributes. This issue manifests itself when...
  • Blog Post: Apache XmlBeans and .NET XML Serialization

    A while back, I used Apache's XmlBeans for an interop sample. The real focus there was the performance comparison for serialization and de-serialization (not transport), using XML and Java binary serialization. I found that XML was slower, surprise! But not that much slower. Sometimes the factor was...
  • Blog Post: Java and .NET - Java serialization vs XML

    To recap - yesterday we all learned that Java and .NET can interop using Java serialization. J# includes this capability, so serializing a J# class and shipping it over to a Java (JDK 1.4.1) app actually works. The opposite direction also works. The interesting question from yesterday was, how does...
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