Free IBM Tools Feature SOAP

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-06-11 Print this article Print

The updated version of IBM's free Web Services Toolkit, released last month, provides tools for Web developers to experiment.


The updated version of IBMs free Web Services Toolkit, released last month, provides tools for Web developers to experiment with the latest Web and XML application development technologies.

IBM (along with Microsoft) is a big backer of XML Simple Object Access Protocol remote procedure call technology, and SOAP is central to Web Services Toolkit 2.3.

Technologies included are digital signature and public-key-based encryption support for SOAP messages; SOAP connectivity for IBM MQSeries message queue server and for Enterprise JavaBeans; and prototypes of Apache Axis, the next release of the Apache Software Foundations SOAP server technology, which IBM is helping develop.

The tool kit also includes lots of documentation; tools such as a graphical browser for SOAP UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) reg- istries (see screen); and an embedded version of WebSphere, the companys application server, to run some of the demos.

Web Services Toolkit is available at www. tech/webservicestoolkit. It isnt a supported IBM product, although many of these technologies will appear in IBMs MQSeries and WebSphere products later this year.

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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