O'Reilly publishes Web Services Essentials

March 1 -- In Web Services Essentials, Ethan Cerami explores four technologies used in Web services development: XML Remote Procedure Calls (XML-RPC), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Universal Discovery, Description, and Integration (UDDI), and Web Services Description Language (WSDL). The book provides Java tutorials, sample code, XML document samples, and explanations of the free Java APIs used in Web services creation.


Espial and Devicetop.com announce developer contest

March 1 -- The Devicetop.com Smart Device Developer Contest 3 is now underway. Sponsored by Espial and Devicetop.com, the contest challenges developers to build interactive applications for the digital cable set-top-box market. Deadline is July 31, 2002, and prize pool totals 4,000.


Data Junction improves data transformation suite

March 1 -- The Data Junction Integration Suite 7.5.5 supports e-document and message-based integration, and supports the latest XML transactions. Among its many improvements, this latest version features a Java-based Map Parallelizer and an improved Java Adaptor.


ReportMill 5 now available

March 1 -- ReportMill Software has updated ReportMill, which provides PDF, Flash Webpages, and reports for Web applications. Version 5 is written in Java and supports Java-based Web application servers.


EspressChart ES organizes data into dynamic charts

March 1 -- Quadbase Systems has introduced EspressChart ES, a Java-based charting system. It provides a data visualization solution for enterprise-wide deployment, allowing users to organize and integrate dynamic charts into Webpages/applications with no coding.


Precise/Indepth picks out performance problems

March 1 -- Precise Software Solutions has released Precise/Indepth 2.0 for BEA WebLogic Server. Precise/Indepth is the J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) application component of Precise i3, the company's solution for application performance management. Version 2 features Precise's SmarTune technology, which automatically identifies the causes of J2EE application performance problems and recommends corrective actions.


GemStone now supports JBoss

February 22 -- GemStone Systems has added JBoss support to GemStone Facets 1.1, a shared transactional Java workspace. By providing a shared, transactional, and persistent view of object models across multiple JVMs and computers, GemStone Facets enables Java developers to create real-time Java applications.


Diamelle releases component suite for Web service development

February 22 -- Diamelle Technologies' Enterprise Business Components 1.3 is now available. This component suite provides the ability to expose components as Web services on several J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) application servers, including iPlanet, BEA WebLogic Server, Websphere, Oracle 9i, and JBoss.


BCT Technology launches "Napster" for code

February 22 -- BCF Technology has launched the Site Raider.com Website and Site Raider 1.0 Web development tool. Site Raider allows developers to incorporate content or data from Web applications or sites for which they have appropriate access rights. Site Raider works as an aggregator, an analysis tool, and a code generator. Currently Site Raider emits Java source code, JavaScript, Visual Basic Script (Active Server Pages), and Cold Fusion source code.


JeeWiz! whips up Web services

February 22 -- New Technology/enterprise has introduced JeeWiz!, a Java tool for developing, deploying, and testing Web services and J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) applications on BEA Systems' WebLogic Server. JeeWiz! generates code for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 2.0, J2EE applications, and Java classes. It deploys to Weblogic Server 6.1 and provides documentation in HTML.


Kodo JDO now available

February 15 -- SolarMetric has released Kodo JDO Standard Edition, an implementation of Sun's Java Data Objects (JDO) specification. It provides access to relational databases through the JDO specification.


Quadbase enhances EspressReport

February 15 -- EspressReport 2.0, a Java-based reporting tool from Quadbase Systems, allows users to develop and deploy reports across any platform. EspressReport supports applets, servlets, and JSPs (JavaServer Pages), and works with most application servers, such as WebSphere, WebLogic, and iPlanet.


Altova unveils XML development tools

February 15 -- The new XML Spy 4.3 Suite from Altova offers a suite of developer tools for advanced XML application development. The package consists of the XML Spy 4.3 IDE, the XML Spy 4.3 XSLT Designer, and the XML Spy 4.3 Document Editor, and supports Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE).


Telefónica and 4thpass launch Java services

February 15 -- Telefónica, a Spanish wireless carrier, will launch the first mobile Java services in Europe with 4thpass technology. 4thpass technology allows carriers to send mobile Java applications over the air to wireless devices.


Octave Software launches content management solution

February 15 -- Octave Software has introduced its next-generation content management solution, WebOctave. Supporting J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition), WebOctave is an application that controls, simplifies, and accelerates the process of managing and publishing electronic information over the Web.


ExtenXLS reads, modifies, and writes native Excel files

February 15 -- The new ExtenXLS API Toolkit 1.01 is a 100 percent Java reporting tool from Extentech. ExtenXLS uses Excel files as templates for dynamic data, such as Website-usage reports, financial analysis, and statistical charting.


Sun releases J2SE 1.4

February 8 -- The final release of Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4 is now available. Version 1.4 features new I/O and 64-bit support, and enhanced support for SSL (Secure Socket Layer), LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol), and CORBA. It also includes improved XML support, advanced authentication, and a set of security services.


iHub links .Net, Windows, J2EE, and XML

February 8 -- Halcyon Software has introduced a beta version of iHub, a middleware solution that enables cross-integration and cross-development between Microsoft .Net, Windows, J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition), and XML-based applications. With iHub, a .Net Web Form can access an EJB (Enterprise JavaBean) hosted under any application server on a non-Windows machine.


Sitraka PerformaSure ensures maximum performance

February 8 -- Sitraka has released PerformaSure 1.1, a tool for measuring, analyzing, and maximizing J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) applications' performance prior to deployment. The tool provides graphical views into application server configuration and runtime information, JVM and database performance, network utilization and OS and hardware platform metrics. Its "tag-and-follow" technology reconstructs the execution path of end-user transactions to highlight performance issues.


PolarLake launches Web services platform

February 8 -- PolarLake Web Services Express (WSE), a Web services platform based on PolarLake, an XML development and deployment platform, is now available. PolarLake WSE uses the PolarLake XML server to create and deploy Web service providers from EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans), COM (Component Object Model), and Java applications with no code changes, generated code, and scripts.


Kada Systems introduces applications for J2ME development

February 8 -- Kada Systems has introduced Kada Reference Applications, tools that provide Java developers with templates for designing, developing, and deploying J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) database applications. Available for Palm OS, these mobile applications are built on the Connected Device Configuration (CDC) and Foundation Profile within J2ME, and support the small footprint database and data synchronization technologies from both OracleMobile and iAnywhere Solutions.


Cape Clear adds .Net support to CapeConnect

February 8 -- Cape Clear has released a beta version of CapeConnect 3.5, the company's Web services platform. CapeConnect provides a solution for building and deploying Web services and enabling interoperability between .Net, J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition), and CORBA. Version 3.5 includes support for Microsoft's forthcoming Visual Studio .Net. release, enhanced UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) functionality, and additional support for complex legacy applications.


Visual Mining ships NetCharts 4.0

February 8

-- NetCharts 4.0, a Java-based charting software from Visual Mining is now available. This latest version introduces new drawing features and chart type.


X-Hive/DB 2.0 supports new modules

February 8 -- X-Hive has updated its native XML database. X-Hive/DB 2.0 now supports WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition), and XUpdate.


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