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While there are many standards that look like ebXML, ebXML is the first horizontal standard designed to address the exchange of information and adherence to inter-enterprise processes. However, in attempting to reach this lofty goal, ebXML is also a complex standard and takes some understanding before we can comprehend its value to the world of application integration and electronic business. So, why do we need the ebXML standard? It's really a matter of leveraging the Internet to automate how we do business in real time, leveraging common processes and common information formats. The use of an electronic information standard and enabling technology drive how we do business, and the interest in standards that provide a common mechanism to do this will only push us farther along. Thus was born ebXML, a collaboration between UN/CEFACT and OASIS. As you can tell by t... (more)

Where Web Services Meet Mobile Devices

Let's face it, we're going mobile. You only need to consider how you communicate these days to understand that. I, for one, find that my Blackberry is becoming my e-mail terminal of choice, as well as my best source of information via the WAP-enabled Web browser built-in. And oh yes, it's a phone. Others are finding that their mobile phones are their single point of contact, both voice and data, and this trend will only continue as we learn to cut the wires and as wireless networks become more pervasive and much faster. The use of mobile devices as a personal information deliver... (more)

SOA and User Interfaces

What is unique about an SOA is that it's as much of a strategy as a set of technologies, and it's really more of a journey than a destination. Moreover, it's a notion that is dependent upon specific technologies or standards, such as Web services and interface technology, but really requires many different types of technologies and standards for a complete SOA. The types of technologies you employ are dependent upon your requirement. Let's be a bit clearer as to where user interfaces fit into this SOA mix by providing core reference architecture, or, the basics of SOA. Figure 1 ... (more)

Real-World AJAX Book Preview: Enterprise AJAX

This content is reprinted from Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters published by SYS-CON Books. To order the entire book now along with companion DVDs for the special pre-order price, click here for more information. Aimed at everyone from enterprise developers to self-taught scripters, Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters is the perfect book for anyone who wants to start developing AJAX applications. Enterprise AJAX What do AJAX and service-oriented-architecture SOA have in common? The answer: Everything. Is AJAX an enterprise technology? The answer: Absolutely. As we mov... (more)

Building a SOA...

While the notion of SOA continues to emerge, those who are implementing SOAs today are faced with a variety of challenges, including the complexities of SOA, and the work involved with understanding their existing problem domain and requirements. Those who want to get SOA right the first time quickly understand the benefits of a sound architecture and a good set of SOA design approaches. However, the understanding of how you approach your SOA, and best practices around building a SOA, are clearly lacking. Those who are looking to gain the benefits of SOA are perplexed by the wid... (more)