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September 2004   NEWSLETTER

Application security, Longhorn, and shuffles in the J2EE industry continue to dominate the press. From our perspective, and from many others as well, Java offers a compelling solution for secure web applications.

Microsoft seems determined to get Longhorn out in 2006 by decoupling Avalon and WinFS. Will Sun’s interoperability plans with Microsoft have any bearing on this?

On another note, ICEsoft will be releasing the latest version of ICEpdf shortly. Check out the details below.

In This Issue

Web Applications

Enterprise Wireless Catching a Wave?
Growth for wireless IT development has been plagued by false starts for years. But now, a recent survey by Evans Data Corp. suggests there may be hope. J2ME development is at a new high, and has grown by 33% in just six months, fueled by less hassle and more devices for the Java mobile runtime. Read more.

Align Java Technologies with Business Results
Everyone is familiar with the hangovers from overinvestment of technology in the 1990s: the latest exciting developer productivity software sitting on the shelf unused and multimillion dollar projects ready to deploy that were cancelled because the world had changed. When the economy swung down and budgets were tightened, it became painfully clear just how much money was lost to ill-conceived projects and purchases. Read more.
Web Services
Web Services Spec Could Lead to Others
If BEA, IBM, SAP and Sun are right, their WS-Addressing specification will lay the foundation for a whole host of Web services specifications, particularly those for security, transactions, asynchronous interactions and reliable communications. Read more here.
Securing Web Services Requires Out-of-box Thinking
Everything that makes XML an attractive Web services and integration tool can also open dangerous pathways so hackers may gain access to critical services and back-office systems. Read more here.
Secure Web Services a Sound Business Practice
Threats to XML Web services don't follow the conventions of traditional network or e-mail attacks. Therefore, network administrators and developers are forced to think outside the box in order to keep those messages safe as they traverse an enterprise network. Read more here.
The Java Developer
Will a Component Market or Rich Client Emerge for Java?
The failure of a component market to emerge for the Java community troubles some people. There are signs of progress in two approaches: that of Eclipse, and JSR 198. Mike Milinkovich of Eclipse, and Mike Burba of Compuware give their 2 cents on the issue. Read more here.

BEA Appoints Wai Wong to Run Product Division
BEA announced that Wai Wong has joined BEA as executive vice president, products. Bringing 22 years of technology industry experience, Wong’s responsibility will be to oversee the planning, integration and delivery of BEA product solutions for the global market. Read more at this link.

J2EE and .NET
Microsoft Announces 2006 Target Date for Broad Availability Of Windows "Longhorn" Client Operating System
Microsoft Corp. today announced it will target broad availability of the Windows® client operating system code-named "Longhorn" in 2006, and make key elements of the Windows WinFX™ developer platform in "Longhorn" available for Windows XP and Windows Server™ 2003. Read more here.
Avalon, WinFS Decoupled for Windows Shorthorn
Two mainstays of Windows Longhorn will be 'decoupled' from the 2006 release, with Microsoft dropping the WinFS storage and query system. Originally intended to be a full-blown replacement for the NTFS file system that put a database at the heart of Windows, WinFS will now be available as an add-on no sooner than 2007 for Longhorn, XP and Windows 2003. Read the full article here.
Sun, Microsoft to Reveal New Interoperability Plans Next Month
Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have rescheduled the phase-one rollout of their interoperability pact to October as the companies weigh additional areas of cooperation. At a Sun briefing about its upcoming Solaris 10 upgrade, a Sun marketing executive hinted that Sun and Microsoft aim to enhance interoperability between their platforms' file systems, as well as other areas. Read the article here.
ICEsoft News
ICEsoft to Release ICEpdf 1.1
ICEsoft Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that ICEpdf™ 1.1 will soon be available. ICEpdf is a 100 percent Java software development kit for rendering PDF documents. ICEpdf can be used as a standalone document viewer or as a lightweight component tightly integrated into Java applications. ICEpdf can also be combined with ICEbrowser® SDK to view PDF content embedded in HTML. The 1.1 release of this multi-platform PDF viewer technology will support Acrobat standard security. The new security API will also control access to document information and permissions. Customers with current maintenance agreements may download the latest version by accessing the customer login at www.icesoft.com.
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 www.icesoft.com.

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