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Blog Archive for pelegri during June 2004

The Java WSDP 1.4 was announced late last month and that is when I gave you a preview but yesterday the pack was actually released. I missed a few important points in my original blog, so here an updated version of the highlights: FCS implementation of JAX-RPC 1.1 with substantial performance improvements and implementing WS-I BP 1.1 and WS-I's Attachment Profile 1.0. FCS implementation of...
The EA versions of JAX-RPC 2.0 and JAXB 2.0 specs are now available. These are early access releases, consistent with the latest JCP process that is encouraging early feedback on the specifications from the wider community, which I think is a good thing(tm). Check the specs out. As an EA, there are some relatively big holes in the specs; for example, the JAXB 2.0 spec is only hinting at the...
I'm still surprised at how many people are confused about Sun's J2EE 1.4 SDK. For example, did you know it has a production-quality Application Server that is free, even for deployments? Sun made a decision to do this two years ago, and for the last couple of years engineers in my neck of the woods at Sun have been working very hard to make the latest version of that AppServer (8.0 PE) into an...
Mark Reinhold just announced that J2SE 1.5.0 snapshots are now available. These are slightly tested builds that contain the latest fixes and changes to the latest release of J2SE, Tiger. The intention of the snapshots are to get early feedback into the final stages of releasing Tiger. This approach has proven very successful in many communities - it is particularly common in the open source...
I have volunteered to moderate a recurrent technical forum on Web and XML technologies. My current thought is to have a presentation - perhaps a white paper, perhaps a set of slides - on a given topic from one or more speakers, and then to do a bunch of Q & As as threads. A given forum would run for a week or two and the speakers would commit to participating in the discussion through that...
XML has some very nice properties, but the textual encoding is verbose. That is not a problem in many applications, but it is a real issue in some others, specially when dealing with large documents that are transmitted across a slow communication link, or when many of them are sent. For instance, traditional Web Services are sent encoded as textual XML over HTTP; as WS are being adopted more...