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In an exclusive to the WebSphere Developer's Journal News Desk, Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, commented on the IBM vs Microsoft debate that's been raging over the superiority of their respective platforms for creating Web services. He 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, let's look at highlights of the verbal battle: Microsoft launched the initial salvo with a white paper that compared the 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, Microsoft hired an independent consulting firm to develop a Web service with... (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)

Professional IBM WebSphere 5.0 Application Server - Excerpted from Chapter 2: The WebSphere Programming Model

Written by IBM WebSphere experts, this book details how to develop, deploy, and manage enterprise applications for version 5.0 of IBM WebSphere Application Server. Over the course of the book, a large-scale e-commerce application is developed, demonstrating the use of WebSphere Application Developer Studio. The book also addresses other enterprise-level issues such as the functionality of the application server, deployment topology, and server administration. The following excerpt from Chapter 2 focuses on the WebSphere programming model. We examine many aspects of the WebSphere programming model in this book. However, notwithstanding the breadth of coverage included in this book, the total WebSphere programming model is larger than we can hope to address between a single pair of covers. Fortunately, the majority of the WebSphere programming model is based on open ... (more)

WebSphere App Server Feature Pack Open Beta Is Here

Java Developer Magazine on Ulitzer IBM WebSphere started its Open Beta (Managed Betas are so 'last-year') for the WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for OSGi Applications and JPA 2.0 today. The Open Beta site is here. I'll list some of the highlights from the Beta site as a teaser. Highlights of the OSGi applications support delivered in the feature pack (from the Beta Site ): OSGi 4.2 Blueprint component model for declarative assembly, and simplified unit test Extensions to the Blueprint component model for declarative transactions, container-managed JPA and resource reference configuration Isolated enterprise applications composed of multiple, versioned bundles with dynamic lifecycle Module sharing between applications Module versioning within and between applications Integrated bundle repository and ability to configure the location of external repositori... (more)

Setting Apart WebSphere CloudBurst

IBM Session at Cloud Expo From a constrained viewpoint, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance serves as a virtualization management solution for WebSphere application environments. In that light, I cannot tell you how many times customers ask me to delineate WebSphere CloudBurst from the other virtualization management solutions that are either out on the market or currently used in their business. I love to hear this request for two reasons: 1)      It signals that many enterprises already practice or are thinking about virtualization in the application environment space. 2)      I have a good answer! To understand the main delineation between WebSphere CloudBurst and other virtualization management solutions, it is probably helpful to understand what the appliance does! Put simply and shortly, the appliance enables you to create, deploy, and manage virtualized WebSp... (more)

Your Guide to Portal Clustering in WebSphere Portal Server 5.1

Some things in WebSphere PortalServer work well and are well documented. Other things are well documented and work well in theory. Still other things have okay documentation and will work well when all of the WebSphere stars are aligned. Depending on your implementation, Portal Clustering can fit into all three categories. De-Mystification Given the broad range of configurations open to an infrastructure planner when dealing with WebSphere software, it’s no wonder there’s often a great deal of confusion when it comes to making a complex product like Portal highly available. Naturally, there’s no “Learn Clustering in 20 Minutes” manual, but there are general steps to follow and some to avoid. Let’s start with a very basic explanation of the WebSphere cell and how the Portal fits into it. (See Figure 1.) A basic WebSphere AppServer in... (more)

Implementing WebSphere Security Through LDAP

The use of Lightweight Directory Authentication Protocol (LDAP) for WebSphere authentication and authorization offers the advantages of single sign-on across application servers and a vendor-neutral protocol and API. Part 1 of this two-part series showed how to set up a directory and sample application infrastructure for demonstrating WebSphere authentication using LDAP. In Part 2 I take you through the process of setting up LDAP authentication for WebSphere through the following tasks: Defining roles and constraints in the Web application deployment descriptor Mapping roles to LDAP group entries in the enterprise application deployment descriptor Configuring WebSphere to use an LDAP principal registry Demonstrating the secured application features enabled by WebSphere and LDAP Locking down the LDAP and browser transports using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Defining Web ... (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)

WebSphere Journal Exclusive Interview: What's Happening in WebSphere

Last month, Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WebSphere Journal, and Tom Inman, vice president of product management and marketing, IBM WebSphere Software, talked about the differences between WebSphere and WebLogic. This month, they look at what's happening in WebSphere now, and plans for the future. Jack Martin: What was your background? What did you do before you did this? Tom Inman: I joined sales and marketing right out of college and have been here ever since. JM: What school did you go to? TI: I went to Michigan State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering and an MBA in marketing and finance. I needed money to pay for school and I landed an internship with IBM just outside of Michigan State in Lansing, Michigan. I hit it off with the branch manager and the sales manager very well. They tried to hire me before I finished school and they were... (more)

Partners Compare WebLogic and WebSphere: An Exclusive Interview with Devi Gupta of Prolifics

Related Links How Low Does BEA Have to Go? How Long Can BEA Survive, Industry Asks Why WebSphere? A Successful Ingredient Offers Choice A Leader with New Customers After talking with Tom Inman (see page 6), Jack Martin also spoke to Devi Gupta, director of Strategic Marketing at Prolifics, about IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic. WJ: Devi, as Director of Strategic Marketing for Prolifics, What's a typical day like for you? DG: Well, have you seen the IBM commercials that are on TV? I think a lot of companies that hear those messages feel that vision - the On Demand vision - is perhaps beyond them. I am Prolifics' messenger. One of my key goals, and the goals of my team, is to spread the word - let all the medium-size businesses know that Prolifics can make their On Demand solutions a reality - let all the larger enterprises know that Prolifics is "the" WebSphere expert... (more)