All About Interop

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This Blog is dedicated to exploring interop opportunities between .NET-based systems and other systems.  The key approaches to interop covered here include: Web services, REST/POX, message queues, dedicated bridges, and others. 

Dino Chiesa is the primary author of most of these articles.  Others may also contribute from time to time.

This blog won't carry human interest stories.  No birth or death notices, health or hobby updates, etc.  This is just interop. 

About the theme:
On July 23rd, 2007, I moved to the "Kid congo" theme for Community Server.  I added a few customizations to get the colors and layout the way I wanted them.  It uses a CSS-based layout. 

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    Surprise! : Write Java Servlets in VB

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    ServerTec says they have a a JSP/Servlet engine, ported to run on .NET and J#. They say you can develop servlets in Visual Studio, using any .NET language. They have examples for C#, VB, J# and C++. It depends on an open-source version of various required libraries, like JNDI and Java2 collections....
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    .NET CF connects to Java via CORBA

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    An article from the December issue of .NET Developer's Journal discusses how to connect a device running the .NET Compact Framework with a Java back-end via CORBA. This article uses MiddSol's MinCor.NET , which is is an object request broker for the Compact...
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    JNBridge Pro v2.2

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    New dot-release of JNBridge, the Java-to-.NET bridge....
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    Multi-language support, interop, and philosophy

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    I had a comment on the J# serialization post that I took as , "J# is insufficient to entice J2xE developers." J# isn't really about enticing developers "away from" a different platform. [ by my view, that is a pretty narrow way of looking at the world...
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    Java and .NET - Java serialization vs XML

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    No surprise here - using Java binary serialization is a bit faster than using XML serialization when sending messages between a Java app and a .NET app via MQSeries. But what may be surprising is the performance delta - not really that much. About 25% in my tests. YMMV....
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    Java Serialization and .NET - There Really *is* a Santa Claus

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    It is possible to serialize an instance in Java using Java (binary) serialization, then de-serialize that instance in J#.NET. Sample code included....
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    Java serialization and .NET?

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    Quiz: What do you think? Java has a binary serialization format. .NET has J#, which includes the JDK 1.1.4 class libraries, which includes Java serialization. Will it be possible for a Java app running under JDK 1.4 to serialize an object graph to a stream...
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    on Java-to-.NET interop via JMS and MQSeries

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    JMS is a standard messaging API in Java. But in my tests, the use of the JMS API makes interop between Java and .NET much more difficult....
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    A Month of Interop

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    Microsoft is planning a month's worth of webcasts exploring interop from numerous angles, check it out: http://www.interopmonth.com/ or http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnwebcasts/archive/2004/11/20/266983.aspx
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    Call .NET ASMX from ASP

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    Need to call an ASMX webservice from VBScript (like an ASP page)? You have options. . ....
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    DataGrid and Web Services

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    Didya ever wonder?... why DataGrids and other data-bound controls can use arrays of objects as data sources, but they display only public properties (not fields)? On the other hand, types generated by wsdl.exe or xsd.exe generally expose public fields (not properties). What if.... you could auto-magically transform a class with fields into a class that exposes public properties, allowing an array of that class to be bound to a data control? ...
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    VS, meet blog. Blog, meet VS.

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    http://www.jtleigh.com/people/colin/blog/archives/2004/10/copysourceashtm.html and http://www.jtleigh.com/people/colin/blog/archives/2004/11/copysourceashtm_3.html
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    .NET and MQ admin via ADSI

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    IBM WebSphere MQS exposes some administrative operations and properties via an ADSI interface. This means any .NET application can connect to MQSeries administratively and get and set properties on the MQ subsystem. This post discusses one approach and offers a working example application....
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    .NET and MQSeries

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    IBM WebSphere MQ (previously known as "MQSeries") ships with a "postcard" app, amqpcard.exe, a simple demo that can be used to verify the installation of MQ, by sending messages (postcards) to different recipients. At some point, IBM also delivered a Java postcard app, including source code. I have produced a .NET postcard app in C#. It's available in source form, within a Visual Studio project....
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    .NET and WebSphere interop

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    A new article has posted on MSDN covering interop between .NET and WebSphere, over webservices. This one talks through the use of IBM's Web services Development Kit (based on Eclipse) to build clients and servers that interop with .NET. Re-read that sentence again and consider how astounding it is! ...
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    .NET and Syslog?

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    How can a .NET app connect to a *nix Syslog? It's pretty easy, really....
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    Java Vector becomes Object Array

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    Developers often design their webservices by implementing the server first, then generating the interface from it. But exposing platform-specific data types in a webservice interface can lead to some surprises. For example, a Java Vector gets mapped to an array of Objects in .NET....
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    Overloading in WebMethods, part II

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    Part II, wherein I take back everything I said in part I....
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    Overloading in WebMethods, part I

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    Somebody recently asked about the use of Overloaded method names in webservice interfaces. The idea would be to expose a single webmethod that accepts different parameter lists. I generally don't like the idea....
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