SOAP and High Performance: An Oxymoron?

XML messaging using the SOAP protocol has become the lingua franca for interoperability. But it is not suited for high-performance messaging, writes GemStone Chief Architect Jags Ramnarayan on his blog. Like others, Ramnarayan sees benefits in the emergence of a language-neutral data architecture that allows applications to be built in the language that best fits their needs. Read more »

Lam describes MS IronRuby at OSCON

The first Microsoft IronRuby source code drop is upon us, albeit as ‘pre-alpha’ software. Surprisingly, the software will appear first on Ruby Forge, where developers can grok on IronRuby using Subversive. Read more »

MQ and JMS meet WCF

IBM has done a proof-of-concept that allows IBM WebSphere MQ 6.0 to be used within the Windows Communication Foundation framework.  Messages are carried using SOAP over JMS. Read more »

From ORBs to Web services

TheServerSide Interop Blog has covered Web services extensively. But not to the inclusion of other methods of achieving interoperability. One premise we have pursued – one that is not a natural fit with the Silver Bullet mentality of most software marketing, is that Web services is not the be-all and end-all – not the answer to every question. Okay, so that’s out of the way.  The matter came up as part of our recent discussion with Alex Krapf of Codemesh, maker of Juggernaut.

We asked Alex about Web services. He said: “I think of Web services as the CORBA of our day.” We asked why he said that. Read more »

Run-time libraries with knowledge of Java and .NET

Alexander Krapf is president and co-founder of Codemesh. We were glad recently to sit down with Alex and discuss some of the ins and outs of modern interoperability. We present these in parts, following our initial  discussion of early milestones in .NET-Java, with a look at code generators with ‘knowledge’ about Java and .NET, and a run-time library that can deal with the delicate aspects of interacting in the ‘no-man’s land’ between the major languages. Read more »

JInformation Card supports Apache Tomcat, Websphere and Sun Java servers

Members of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS in Germany have set out to demonstrate InformationCard interoperability on heterogeneous platforms written using Java language to support Apache Tomcat, Sun Java servers plus Websphere Application Server platforms running on Linux or Windows. Read more »

JNI and I - Krapf looks at .NET-J2EE interop

Alexander Krapf is president and co-founder of Codemesh. He worked with Hitachi back in the early CORBA days, and since then he has been involved equally in .NET,  C++, and Java. We were glad recently to sit down with Alex and discuss some of the ins and outs of interoperability today. We present these in parts, starting with a discussion of early milestones in .NET-Java. That means a look at early JNI.

At the turn of the century, a healthy number of C++ shops were adding servers built in Java. The question often, said Krapf, was how one could leverage established utilities. There were DLLs that were responsible for logging data access – basically a whole slew of things that one could not leverage from the Java side. Krapf saw benefits on use of CORBA in some instances … Read more »

Getting CICS on the Enterprise Bus

With JBI, development of new integration components that can be installed in compliant Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is possible, to act as bridges between the BUS and the old communication technologies.

Java Business Integration [JBI] can serve to bridge a service bus and legacy communication technologies, according to Gruppo Imola’s Amedeo Cannone and Stefano Rossini. On, they write about use of a Jbi4Cics component as an Open Source JBI Binding Component that can be used to connect an ESB with a CICS system. The Jbi4Cics component is developed and tested on the OpenESB platform and it is integrated with Netbeans Enterprise. A use-case sample is included.

WS Death Star sited at TSS Java Symposium at Barcelona

Sometime TSS Interop Blog guest blogger Adrian Trenaman  has reported on the doings at TSS Java Symposium Europe at Barcelona. There, he and Ted Neward discussed Pragmatic XML web services with CXF and .Net. And he discusses much more. His take on keynoter Martin Fowler’s take on WS-* is noteworthy. Don’t’ throw the baby out with the bathwater is the bottom line. Read more »

OSCON Interop Hack-a-Thon Project

The Open Solutions Alliance(OSA) announced it is hosting the first in its series of Interoperability Hack-a-Thons at O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Ore., July 23 - 27, 2007.

The OSA Hack-a-Thon at OSCON will focus on Single Sign-On (SSO) and begins Tuesday, July 24. Participants can expect to learn about and contribute to the
latest developments for SSO and apply them to specific applications. All OSCON attendees, including free exhibit-only pass-holders, are
invited to participate. Developers can also participate virtually at the OSA SSO Hack-a-Thon Project site:


OSA Hack-a-Thon Press Release