.NET and J2EE Interoperability

.NET and J2EE Interoperability

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Just noticed that Microsoft Press have recently published a new book by Simon Guest on interoperability between .NET and J2EE. I've not seen it yet, but a book like this is desperately needed. I'm regularly asked about this and even if the question is not asked, you can be sure that it's on the mind of most IT Directors who want to avoid being trapped down one architectural path without hope of escape.

People often assume that the only option for getting .NET and J2EE to talk to each other is web services; with the recent joint announcement from Microsoft and IBM and the separate announcment from Sun, this is an increasingly viable option. But there are some great third-party alternative solutions that integrate at the .NET Remoting / CORBA level, such as Intrinsyc Ja.NET, JNBridge and Borland Janeva.

In the modern enterprise environment, it's not reasonable to presume that .NET or J2EE will win out completely; most large companies could write a shorter list of what technologies they don't have than the list of technologies they do have. Software companies from all backgrounds need to be more mature about coexistence, which is why it's good to see the WS-I Basic Profile gaining some traction amongst the major players.

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