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April 2004   NEWSLETTER

In this issue we’re adding commentary on ESB architectures and .NET, from a Java perspective. The merits of both will be debated in the coming year as Web Services and Longhorn roll out. Additional articles further expand on Web App’s and Web Services, again at a high level. Lastly, we’ve included reflections from Tim Bray on his move to Sun and his take on .NET.

In This Issue

Web Applications

J2EE Connector Architecture
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you had to integrate legacy data, data sources, or functionality with your new application? Many organizations find themselves in the same situation. This article discusses some challenges of legacy system integration, then introduces the J2EE Connector Architecture (J2EE CA) and explains how it can significantly reduce the problems of integrating your legacy system. Read more.

Web Services
Service-Oriented Architecture
Check out the first monthly installment of the blog on Java Design and Architecture. The blog on principals for good design explores design patterns as they apply in Java (and in general), drills down into “buzzwords,” and much more. Read more.
Are Web Services Worth a Second Look?
IT managers have not been using web services, despite the supplier hype, but XML service-oriented architectures could give the technology a new lease of life. Dan Bradbury of takes a look at web services. For a technology concept that was meant to set the world alight, web services have not exactly delivered. So far there has been a lot of supplier hype, but relatively few full-scale deployments. However, this could all change with the introduction of service-oriented architectures (SOAs). Read the article.
The Big Bus Rolls In – Enterprise Service Bus
Andrew Binstock, of SDTimes, discusses how Web services are leaving their mark on message-oriented middleware by driving it toward ESB capabilities. This article reviews key issues and players the likes of IBM and Sun Microsystems. Industry analysts also weigh in on the benefits and roll of Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). For more on ESB, go here.
The Java Developer
One of XML’s Founding Fathers Joins Sun … says three flaws with .NET
"The pundits and prognosticators see .NET as a threat to Java's future, but that's silly," writes Tim Bray on his first day as a new employee at Sun Micrososystems. "Parts of .NET look technically excellent," he continues, "but it has three fatal flaws." Read more.

Does Code Generation Matter to Java Developers?
Norman Richards looks at the benefits of code generation in terms of reusability and as a high level language, and describes a real world project that migrated a large business model from hand coded business objects to business objects generated from a UML model. Read the article.

J2EE and .NET
Challenges Ahead for .NET, Java Union
Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have settled their legal battles; the companies say they are looking forward to a better relationship between .NET and Java. What does this mean for each group? Find out here .
ICEsoft White Paper
Getting the Most out of Enterprise Web Applications
To address the client-side challenge, enterprise developers are turning to an emerging category of Web Application Clients that enable full client control, configuration, and customization. Getting the Most out of Enterprise Web Applications discusses the limitations presented by traditional web client solutions. Click here to read the white paper.
About ICEsoft

ICEsoft Technologies Inc. is the world's leading provider of Java browser and Java Web access software for enterprise applications, embedded systems and Web services. ICEsoft and its ICEreader and ICEbrowser brands are well known in the JAVA development community. Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, ICEsoft has customers in over 35 countries and is on the Web at

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