Teamprise Java SDK to work with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

By Jack Vaughan
Tool-maker Teamprise has begun work on a Java SDK for use with the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. The pairing may seem odd, but it is not odd to a slew of enterprise development shops that support both Java and .NET. Managers at such shops would like to see their developers able to check software in and out of a common repository. 
Both big shops and third-party software vendors are interested in using libraries developed by Teamprise in order to link existing Java products with Team Foundation Server data, said Teamprise’s Scott Boesch, marketing manager.

The Java SDK, scheduled to be available by end of year, builds on Teamprise’s Client Suite cross-platform applic Read more »

Interop at Interop: MS expands Identity Metasystem push

Out of the venerable Interop Conference in Las Vegas comes word that Microsoft is expanding its effort to promote identity management system interoperability. Included are some related open-source software offerings that are hosted on RubyForge.org and SourceForge.NET. Read more »

Mini-Guide: Apache Web Services

A lot of SOAP activity these days revolves around REST and Axis2, the latest Apache Web services engine. With this mini-guide, writer Brent Sheets gives you a view on a slew of valuable resources about this modular architecture supporting plug-in modules for easier implementation of existing, and future, Web services specifications.

Read the Apache Web Services Mini-Guide

GemStone spans .NET-Java-C++; creates ‘Data Fabric’

GemStone Systems has been in the business of middle-tier caching since at least the early Java days. Like other players [for example, Azul, GigaSpaces, Tangosol] that have found success selling into low-latency financial and related systems markets, GemStone is looking to support mixed C# .NET and Java development.

For some of these firms, the interoperability journey includes C++ as well. In GemStone’s case, heterogeneous language support now means Java, C++ and .NET. Earlier this year, the company added native support for C++ and .NET clients to its GemFire Enterprise 5.0.1 “Enterprise Data Fabric.” The company said this eliminates the need to deploy a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on an application client or to use wrappers when sharing data between C#, C++ and Java applications. Read more »

Microsoft discusses Interop at JavaOne

TSS Interoperability Blog Correspondent George Lawton met with Mohammad Akif, Senior Architect, Microsoft, at JavaOne. The discussion centered on Akif’s take on WSIT and related phenomena. Akif said service-oriented architecture is finally taking hold. It used to be a small-scale fancy project within an organization that were involved, but now the industry is seeing wide-scale adoption. Read more »

Tango Day at JavaOne: .NET 3.0 dances with Sun Glassfish

By George Lawton, TSS Interop Blog Correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO - At the JavaOne Conference, Harold Carr, Lead Architect and Arun Gupta, Evangelist at Sun, gave a presentation showing how easy it was to integrate .NET 3.0 and Sun Glassfish applications using Web Services Interoperability Technology, code named Tango. They said that that these services are now baked into the new open source Glassfish application server, which can be downloaded off the Sun Website. The Tango features not only allow integration, but they enable transactions processing, which is secure, reliable, and trust based. Read more »

Neward, object data bases and ORM issues

db4objects provides an object data base management system. While ODBMS technology has proved a niche technology over the years, it is poised as another means of achieving interoperability. db4objects describes their object DB as native to Java and .NET. For example, the software supports class aliases that reconcile the different naming conventions so that Java and .NET db4o instances (clients or servers) can share persisted objects without the need to deploy classes to the server. Of course, there is more.

TheServerSide Interop Blog Charter Blogger Ted Neward [shown here] recently took a look at the db2objects space as part of a broader interview on TheServerSide.com. Here we provide some highpoints from that discussion, as well as a link to Ted Neward’s new TSS.com TechTalk on Object/Relational Mapping and the Vietnam of Computer Science.

As we begin our story, Ted notes that he is wearing a DB4Object shirt.

What has happened … and … I am obviously wearing their shirt, the DB4Object guys, one of the things that they have done, a couple of things that they have done differently that I find myself agreeing with, what they have done first of all is they have not stood up and said, ‘We want to replace the relational database in the IT world.’ As a matter of fact, for a long time they were aiming squarely at the embedded space where guys are still rolling their own persistence engine. Like guys are sort of writing Java object, serialization objects to disk and then folding them back up. Read more »

IT shop looks past SOA to Windows desktop integration

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) was one option for integrating applications into a single user workflow on a Windows desktop, said Ken Brande, director of information technology at Afni, Inc., but it is not the one he chose. Read more »

Glassfish meets Excel at JavaOne

Arun Gupta asks JavaOne attendees to come on by if they are interested in learning how an Excel 2007 spreadsheet can invoke a reliable and secure Web service endpoint deployed on GlassFish .

He writes:

TS-4865 (Takes Two to Tango - Java Web services and .NET interoperability), at JavaOne 2007 this week, will show and give you all the details. Here is a sneak peek of the scenario we are going to show in the talk. Read more »

IBM and Mainsoft report on Opal implementation of .NET in JSR-168

By Jack Vaughan
It may not be the favorable alternative, but, very often, the alternative to application integration is the large-scale applications rewrite. Such rewrites, for example, redo .NET applications as Java ones, or vice versa. This very often turns into a very drawn out process.

Like others before it, Opal Future Technology considered a rewrite of its .NET applications when the IT infrastructure provider was charged by the Israeli government to consolidate eight government pension funds into a single unified system. In this case, however, Opal ultimately decided to use integration software from IBM and Mainsoft to consolidate a $20-billion pension fund serving 3 million participants. Read more »