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The quest for knowledge and the opportunity to share experiences with WebSphere is evident with the successful launch last year of Canada's first WebSphere Users Group. Established with just 30 members, the Southern Ontario WebSphere Users Group has grown by leaps and bounds to 180 members ranging across all industries and organization sizes. Brought together by the common goals of building a network and increasing their knowledge base, the WebSphere Users Group will further expand by merging with a local MQSeries Users Group. Membership of the merged group will top 300 and be composed of developers, architects, designers, managers, and administrators. The aim of the joint group is to promote knowledge and technical understanding of the IBM WebSphere family of products and to focus on common issues and experiences. More importantly, the users group provides an op... (more)

Developing Web Applications Using VisualAge for Java and WebSphere Studio part 2

In the September Java Developer's Journal (Vol. 5, issue 9) we discussed the tools available in VisualAge for Java and WebSphere Studio for building and debugging Web applications. This month we demonstrate how to use these tools to build a simple Web site that allows users to access their bank accounts using an Enterprise JavaBean. We'll build on the EJB created in the June JDJ article "Building Enterprise Beans with VisualAge for Java" (Vol. 5, issue 6). The Tutorial In that article you learned how to create an EJB bean (i.e., how to build part of the server-side piece of the Web application). Here we'll show you how to generate an access bean from the EJB bean previously created. Then we'll show you how to import that bean into WebSphere Studio to generate a JavaServer Page (JSP) file, HTML file and servlet to build the client side of the application. Step 1: Pr... (more)

IBM Delivers Version 5 of WebSphere

(November 26, 2002) - The newly released version of IBM's WebSphere infrastructure software is squarely aimed at the requirements of on-demand e-business. IBM WebSphere Application Server, Version 5, and its development environment, WebSphere Studio, Version 5, provide the standards-based infrastructure to integrate business processes across the enterprise and with partners, suppliers and customers. IBM WebSphere Version 5 is J2EE 1.3-certified, and is J2EE 1.4-ready since it supports the majority of technologies that will be part of future releases of J2EE. WebSphere will serve as the underlying universal platform for all of IBM's on-demand software, tightly integrating with DB2, Tivoli, and Lotus. Version 5 includes the industry's broadest support for Web services standards. WebSphere enables any application in the network - from Macromedia ColdFusion applications... (more)

WSJ-IN Exclusive: IBM Responds to Latest Microsoft Jabs at WebSphere 4.0 Microsoft Missing the Point, Says IBM Program Direct

Exclusive to Web Services Journal Industry Newsletter, here’s the latest fiery rebuttal in the red-hot IBM vs Microsoft debate that’s been raging on the Internet over the superiority of their respective platforms for creating Web services. Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, holds that Microsoft’s original white paper belittling WebSphere 4.0 was fatally flawed from the start due to its premise, which in his words, “is missing the point.” Before Van Overtveldt’s complete response, WSJ-IN reviews highlights of the verbal battle’s progress to date: Microsoft launched the initial salvo in the Internet war, with a white paper that compared creation of Web services (using the PetStore.com scenario) using Visual Studio.NET versus IBM WebSphere v4.0. To support their claim that .NET has a significant advantage over WebSphere, Micro... (more)

Deploying Web Services on WebSphere

IBM is one of the most dominant players in the push for Web services. It's therefore not surprising that much of the Web services work done by the company has been incorporated into their flagship product - the WebSphere Application Server. As of version 4, support for Web services is incorporated into every level of WebSphere. This means that a few of the Web services libraries come with the WebSphere Application Server. Specifically, support for SOAP and UDDI4J are both an integral part of the WebSphere Application Server and used for implementing Web services, servicing calls made using SOAP, making calls to other Web services, and allowing applications deployed over WebSphere to interact with UDDI registries - both for discovering and publishing services. The support provided for Web services within WebSphere focuses on the deployment aspects only. The focus on ... (more)

WebSphere Beats the Competition

On September 6, IBM and eBay jointly announced that the two companies have forged an alliance on three fronts. First, IBM landed a public software coup when eBay selected WebSphere as its next-generation trading platform. Second, IBM will expand its presence on eBay, making the trading site a new sales channel. Third, both companies will explore joint marketing opportunities in online and offline media. What Does It All Mean? For anyone interested in marketing, IBM and eBay stand to profit from this alliance in several ways. The "eight-bar logo" is always a great trump card to throw around. Now there will be a lot more stuff to buy/sell on eBay, which drives even more traffic to one of the busiest sites on the Internet. The deal is also good for IBM because it has found a place to market its hardware and software, which are now experiencing explosive growth. Seventy ... (more)

IBM Delivers Version 5 of WebSphere

The newly released version of IBM's WebSphere infrastructure software is squarely aimed at the requirements of on-demand e-business. IBM WebSphere Application Server, Version 5, and its development environment, WebSphere Studio, Version 5, provide the standards-based infrastructure to integrate business processes across the enterprise and with partners, suppliers and customers. IBM WebSphere Version 5 is J2EE 1.3-certified, and is J2EE 1.4-ready since it supports the majority of technologies that will be part of future releases of J2EE. WebSphere will serve as the underlying universal platform for all of IBM's on-demand software, tightly integrating with DB2, Tivoli, and Lotus. Version 5 includes the industry's broadest support for Web services standards. WebSphere enables any application in the network - from Macromedia ColdFusion applications to new Java applicati... (more)

Exciting Plans Loom on the WebSphere Horizon

Eclipse and IBM's open platform are helping to shape an exciting future for WebSphere, according to the WebSphere marketing team, headed up by Scott Hebner, director of marketing for WebSphere infrastructure software. The WebSphere marketing team includes Joe Anthony, program director for WebSphere Extensions marketing; Derek Bildfell, program director for business development; Aimee Munsell, program director for WebSphere Application Server; Bernie Spang, program director for WebSphere Studio marketing; and Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director for WebSphere Technical Marketing. WebSphere Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Jack Martin recently had the opportunity to talk with Hebner and his team in a wide-ranging and exclusive discussion. This third installment focuses on tools for rapid application development, the broader development community, the need to addre... (more)

Implementing WebSphere Security Through LDAP

Lightweight Directory Authentication Protocol (LDAP) is often promoted as a means to leverage an organizational directory as a principal registry for WebSphere authentication and authorization. Advantages include the capability to configure single sign-on across application servers, enabling additional organizational applications, centralized user administration, multimastered replication across authentication sites, and flexible, extensible data formats - not to mention that LDAP is a vendor-neutral protocol and API backed by IETF. This begs the question of how to implement WebSphere security through LDAP. This two-part series presents a simplified example of how to configure WebSphere Application Server version 5.0 to use IBM Directory Server v5.1 as its user registry for J2EE application user authentication and role-based authorization. This registry enables the... (more)

New WebSphere Software and Initiatives to Simplify Application Development and Integration

(February 18, 2003) - IBM has announced new WebSphere software and initiatives incorporating the industry's most advanced Web services support to allow companies to respond faster to ever-changing demands, increase efficiencies, and execute new market opportunities. IBM also is offering new programs, resources, and communities that make it easier for developers, customers, and business partners to improve their Web services skills and speed up Web services adoption in the financial services, insurance, and manufacturing industries. The new members of the WebSphere Version 5 family - IBM WebSphere Application Server Enterprise and WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition - meet customers' demand for technology that simplifies much of the application development, integration, and management that takes place across diverse enterprises. The software of... (more)

WebSphere Business Integration Accelerators for Business Partners Expands

(April 4, 2003) - On April 10th at developerWorks Live in New Orleans, IBM will announce the expansion of the WebSphere Business Integration Accelerators for Business Partners program to include support for the development of business processes. This announcement is targeted toward Systems Integrators (SIs) and Solution Providers (SPs) interested in modeling, building and deploying business processes through WebSphere Business Integration. In addition, IBM is announcing a new validation program, Ready for IBM WebSphere Business Integration Software. Business Partners authenticating their solutions through WebSphere Business Integration Accelerators for Business Partners will receive the Ready for IBM WebSphere Business Integration Software mark to identify their certified solutions. This announcement follows the February 18th launch of the WebSphere Business Integr... (more)