Iona Pushes Web Services Along

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2004-01-19 Print this article Print

Artix Encompass tools show there's more to Web services than SOAP on HTTP.

In a pivotal moment of the 1999 movie satire "Galaxy Quest," a starship crew member whos safe on the ship advises another whos facing a massive rock monster to "look around—can you fashion some sort of rudimentary lathe?" Developers who have moved beyond the pilot-project stage may find that first-generation Web services tools are on the same level as that advice: useful in principle but far too low-level to meet the need of the moment.

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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