HP Ramps Up Web

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-03-26 Print this article Print

Services Platform"> HP Ramps Up Web Services Platform Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced HP Web Services Platform (HP-WSP) 2.0, which features a modular platform that enables developers to build, deploy, register, discover and use Web services. HP-WSP is compatible with HPs application server and extends its capabilities by enabling Java applications to be connected to other applications over the Web, regardless of hardware, operating system or programming environment, bridging the gap between Java and .Net, the Palo Alto company said. Key components of HP-WSP include a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) server, bundled developer tools, HP Service Composer, HP Registry Composer and trail maps.
HP-WSP will feature a Web services transaction platform as well as an HP Service Composure, an HP Registry Composer and a Process Monitor Interactive feature, which helps with Web services management. HP-WSP 2.0 also delivers new security capability in the way of digital signature support.
"What were announcing puts us on a comparable platform with Microsoft and IBM" in the world of Web services, said Alan Dye, HP-UX developer tools strategist at HP. "Hewlett-Packard is a credible player in Web services." Also at JavaOne, M7 Corp., also of Palo Alto, unveiled new technology and basically launched its company. M7s developers feature the core of the group that created the Visual Café integrated development environment at Symantec Corp. before its sale to WebGain Inc. The new M7 suite features tools for building Web applications and Web services that non-programmers can use, said Mansour Safai, the companys CEO. The suite generates Java Server Pages-based Web applications from a visual development environment and produces XML process descriptions. M7s Web Foundry features a framework server, a personalization server, a workflow server, a studio development tool and an administrator to enable business users to manage Web applications and Web services once they are deployed. Web Foundry enables the separate development of an applications presentation layer, application flow, business process flow, business rules, application logic and data integration, Safai said. Business users tweaking an applications business rules or process flow need only be "as sophisticated as somebody who can use a word processor," Safai said. The initial model of Web Foundry is focused on intranet applications "and in the next few weeks well have the Web services model," Safai said. "The entire architecture is based on the idea that each business entity is like a Web service and is described in XML."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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