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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-03-18 Print this article Print

Hollis, N.H.-based Mindreef Inc. Thursday announced it has simplified WS-I Basic Profile testing by enabling users to run the new WS-I testing tools through Mindreefs SOAPscope 3.0 and generate a WS-I Basic Profile Conformance report. Jim Moskun, co-founder of Mindreef, said: "We have invested a lot of energy into interoperability testing over the last three years and feel that we have the best interoperability testing solution incorporated into SOAPscope. We have developed our own proprietary technology for interoperability testing but also integrate the WS-I testing tools into SOAPscope, greatly increasing the usability of these tools."
Moskun said the WS-I tools are designed around a batch process "that is best suited for a testing phase of development. SOAPscopes analysis tool, which includes an independent implementation of all the tests covered by the Basic Profile and more, is designed to work in all phases of the application lifecycle including development, testing and production. SOAPscopes Analyzer provides more specific details about the problems it finds than the WS-I tools, along with an interactive user interface that highlights where the problem occurs, and suggests possible solutions."
Meanwhile, Parasoft Corp., of Monrovia, Calif., announced that its SOAPtest 2.5 now has extended capabilities to include the WS-I Basic Profile testing tools. Parasoft officials said SOAPtest 2.5 checks SOAP and WSDL traffic for compliance with the WS-I Basic Profile. Parasoft helped to create the WS-I testing tools as a member of the WS-I Testing Tools Working Group, the company said. Cheng said use of the tools is optional and compliance is self-validated, as the WS-I is not a certifying body. However, the WS-I recommends that users use the test tools before claiming compliance. Check out eWEEKs Developer & Web Services Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
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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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