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Web Services on Wall Street -- Inside STP

Straight-through Processing (STP) is set to revolutionize application development in the financial industry by providing developers a solution that automates the end-to-end processing of transactions for all financial instruments from initiation to resolution. In this feature, Gunjan Samtani, a divisional VP for Information Technology at UBS PaineWebber, describes how STP in combination with a web services approach will streamline back-office activities, leading to reduced failures, lower risks, and significantly lower costs per transaction.

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Inside the Google Web API -- The Developer Appeal

It's been six months since the release of the Google Web API, and at least 10,000 developers (Java, .NET, Open Source and other enterprise disciplines) have downloaded the code and started to build applets and services. Integration Developer News spoke with Nelson Minar, one of the lead Google engineers on the project, to get an up close sense of how one of the biggest splashes in Internet-based web services to date is doing with the developer community.

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Stage Set for Wireless, PDA Web Services Specs

After a feverish summer agenda, the SyncML group has pulled together a number of key specs and test results for setting standards for the "mobile extended enterprise." The work on mobile services interoperability and management wraps up just as SyncML joins the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), the newly created federation of mobile standards groups. See why the momentum will stay high for setting a new wave of standards for Java- and .NET-driven mobile/wireless web services.

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P2P Tools Target Microsoft Office Data Sharing, Integration

Moves by Microsoft and competing ISVs seem to be setting the stage to bring web services-type data sharing to desktop applications. Learn more about the latest P2P sharing technologies to help enterprise developers build programs enabling end users to more easily access and share Microsoft Office files (in Word, Excel and Access).

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Liberty, WS-Security Uniting Over SAML Standards

Last month, the Liberty Alliance Project elected a new president Michael Barrett, vice president for Internet strategy at American Express. Since his election, Barrett has left little doubt that he will push those vendors sparring over identity and security standards -- notably Sun, IBM and Microsoft -- to reach an agreement on interoperability. In this special focus, Integration Developer News tracks down execs from Sun, Microsoft, RSA and others to get an update on how well the "peace talks" are going. See why these talks may be going better than you thought.

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Scaling XML to High-Volume -- Dos and Don'ts

Developers looking to scale their pilot XML projects to embrace more volume or to link to more systems should carefully evaluate whether today's popular approaches will truly serve their needs. A recent whitepaper from Zapthink, web services consultancy in Waltham, Mass., found certain drawbacks with all of the top XML performance tuning options, including XSL, parsers and smaller element names. See how Zapthink says developers should cope.

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W3C Eyes New Security Protocols for B2B XML

The W3C has taken two steps forward on its proposal for two new protocols to ensure better security for XML data transfers. Developers have until Halloween to tell W3C if it's headed in the right direction with the latest plan. The proposals, XML Encryption Syntax and Processing and Decryption Transform for XML Signature, would enable data sharing and web services transactions to use smaller XML data elements rather than entire XML documents. See if the plans are a trick or treat in time for your comments.

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W3C Eyes New Security Protocols for B2B XML

The W3C has taken two steps forward on its proposal for two new protocols to ensure better security for XML data transfers. Developers have until Halloween to tell W3C if it's headed in the right direction with the latest plan. The proposals, XML Encryption Syntax and Processing and Decryption Transform for XML Signature, would enable data sharing and web services transactions to use smaller XML data elements rather than entire XML documents. See if the plans are a trick or treat in time for your comments.

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Scaling XML to High-Volume -- Dos and Don'ts

Developers looking to scale their pilot XML projects to embrace more volume or to link to more systems should carefully evaluate whether today's popular approaches will truly serve their needs. A recent whitepaper from Zapthink, web services consultancy in Waltham, Mass., found certain drawbacks with all of the top XML performance tuning options, including XSL, parsers and smaller element names. See how Zapthink says developers should cope.

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P2P Tools Target Microsoft Office Data Sharing, Integration

Moves by Microsoft and competing ISVs seem to be setting the stage to bring web services-type data sharing to desktop applications. Learn more about the latest P2P sharing technologies to help enterprise developers build programs enabling end users to more easily access and share Microsoft Office files (in Word, Excel and Access).

Full Story >

Liberty, WS-Security Uniting Over SAML Standards

Last month, the Liberty Alliance Project elected a new president Michael Barrett, vice president for Internet strategy at American Express. Since his election, Barrett has left little doubt that he will push those vendors sparring over identity and security standards -- notably Sun, IBM and Microsoft -- to reach an agreement on interoperability. In this special focus, Integration Developer News tracks down execs from Sun, Microsoft, RSA and others to get an update on how well the "peace talks" are going. See why these talks may be going better than you thought.

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Hands-On: 7 Keys To Building a Better Web Service

For developers looking to unlock the secrets to a successful web services project, Kirby Turner, a Solution Developer with developer services and integration firm Avanade Inc. offers a keen insight: A web service, he says, is "simply a programmable application logic accessed by using standard Internet protocols." Turner uses this core idea as a basis for his "7 keys to building successful web services." In these tips, Turner touches on many questions, ranging from using registries, setting security, and even the vexing debate over how much XML hand-coding does a developer really need to know.

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