Cover Pages Newsletter June 03, 2003

                      Cover Pages Newsletter
                           June 03, 2003

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Updated Versions of Web Services Policy (WS-Policy) Specifications.
The three WS-Policy specifications have been updated to version 1.1,
superseding those published in December 2002. The Web Services Policy
is an initiative of the industry leaders BEA Systems, IBM, Microsoft,
and SAP AG to drive and ensure interoperability for the description
and communication of Web service policies. The WS-Policy V1.1 authors
report their intent to submit the specifications to a standards
organization in the near future.

Public Review Draft for the Java XML Digital Signature API
A Public Review Draft has been issued for JSR 105 "Java XML Digital
Signature API Specification" under the Java Community Process. The
review period closes on June 29, 2003. The purpose of this
specification is to define a standard Java API for parsing,
generating, and validating XML signatures. The API consists of five
packages that support a DOM-independent implementation of "XML-
Signature Syntax and Processing" and related W3C Recommendations.

OpenGIS Consortium Publishes Web Map Server Cookbook.
The OpenGIS Consortium (OGC) has released a Version 1.0 "Web Map
Server Cookbook" as the first in a planned series of books detailing
the implementation and use of OpenGIS Specifications. This Cookbook
covers the XML-based Web Map Server (WMS) interface implementation
specification. WMS defines interfaces for Web-based software to learn
about, retrieve, merge and query maps. Recipes are provided for
implementing WMS in popular software products.

NLM Releases XML Tagset and DTDs for Journal Publishing, Archiving,
and Interchange.
The US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the
National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the release of an XML
Tagset and two modular XML DTDs designed to simplify journal
publishing and increase the accuracy of the archiving and exchange of
scholarly journal articles. The Journal Publishing DTD and the
Archiving and Interchange DTD have been created from the Tagset of XML
elements, attributes, and modules.

IETF Publishes Internet Drafts for XML Configuration Access Protocol
IETF has announced the publication of three related Internet Drafts
describing an XML Configuration Access Protocol (XCAP). The XCAP IDs
have been released by the IETF SIMPLE (SIP for Instant Messaging and
Presence Leveraging Extensions) Working Group. Drawing upon the
Application Configuration Access Protocol, XCAP defines a set of
conventions for using HTTP to read, write, and modify XML
configuration data for multiple applications.

Selected Articles and Papers
Selections of abstracted and annotated articles/clippings at:

"Java Management Extensions Protocol." By Ward K. Harold (IBM Tivoli
Software). Reference: 'draft-harold-jmxp-00'. IETF Network Working
Group, Internet-Draft. May 8, 2003, expires November 6, 2003. 65
pages. XML Schemas are provided in Section 10: The JMXP Schema,
MBEANSERVER Element Schema, MBEAN Element Schema, NOTIFICATION Element
Schema, Common Element Schema. This document describes a protocol,
composed of a set of BEEP profiles, that provides access to the
attributes, operations, and notifications supported by the MBeans
registered with a JMX Agent.
"Web Services Are Key to Future, Says Microsoft." By Paul Krill. In
ComputerWeekly (June 03, 2003). At the Tech Ed 2003 conference in
Dallas., Paul Flessner provided details on Microsoft's solutions based
on the Windows platform, covering aspects ranging from federated
identity to XML and application management.
"Business Process Execution Language for Web Services Version 1.1.
[BPEL4WS DIFF Version.]" June 02, 2003. This diff-marked version
provides a comparison between the BPEL4WS "Version 1.1" document dated
March 31, 2003 and BPEL4WS "Version 1.1" document dated May 5, 2003.
Posted by Diane Jordan to the WSBPEL list on June 02, 2003. 151 pages.
The detailed license agreements for BPEL4WS v1.1 have now been
provided by IBM, BEA, and Microsoft.
"TechEd Panelists Debate SOAs. Paradigm Held Up Against Mainframes."
By Paul Krill. In InfoWorld (June 03, 2003). SOAs were pitted against
legacy mainframes in a debate at TechEd here Tuesday featuring
Microsoft officials responding to audience queries. Panelists
participating in a session on enterprise architectures fielded
questions pertaining to whether SOAs, in which applications are
treated as easily integrated components, are synonymous with Web
"WS-I Basic Profile: Why Wait?" By Darryl K. Taft. In eWEEK (June 03,
2003). While the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) is
working toward a basic profile for interoperability of Web services,
customers should not wait but should use tools that are available
"Microsoft Ties Security to VeriSign, Certifications." By Thor
Olavsrud and Mark Berniker. From (June 03, 2003).
Microsoft moved to bolster its code-securing effort called Trustworthy
Computing Initiative by announcing two security initiatives.
"Parsing, Indexing, and Searching XML with Digester and Lucene. These
Open Source Projects Can Ease Your XML-Handling Tasks." By Otis
Gospodnetic (Software Engineer, Wireless Generation, Inc). From IBM
developerWorks, Java technology. June 3, 2003. Java developers can use
the SAX interface to parse XML documents, but this process is rather
complex. Digester and Lucene, two open source projects from the Apache
Foundation, cut down your development time for projects in which you
manipulate XML. Lucene developer Otis Gospodnetic shows you how it's
done, with example code that you can compile and run.
"Intelligent Architectures for Service-Oriented Solutions. Moving
Toward a Dramatic Reduction in Cost and Time." By Abdul Kayam and
Steve Bailey (hyfinity). In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 6
(June 2003), pages 36-42 (with five figures). The article defines the
essential characteristics for software development for Web services.
None of the characteristics presented are new; in fact some of them
date back more than 20 years. The fundamental difference is the
'morphing' of these elements into a revolutionary software development
approach for service-oriented solutions.
"BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1. J2EE-Based Web Services Development Made
Easy" By Joseph A. Mitchko. In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 6
(June 2003), page 34. Last year BEA introduced WebLogic Workshop, a
revolutionary product based on declarative annotations that took away
most of the pain and aggravation of developing J2EE-based Web services
on the WebLogic Application Server platform. BEA hasextended this
technology with Workshop 8.1 to include Web applications, portals, and
other J2EE integration-based applications.
"E-services: Fulfilling the Web Services Promise." By Heather Kreger
(Web Services Lead Architect, IBM Emerging Technologies, IBM Software
Solutions Division, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA). In
Communications of the ACM (CACM) Volume 46, Number 6 (June 2003),
pages 29-34. With 12 references and sidebar "What Are Web Services,"
by Christopher Ferris and Joel Farrell. The article reviews the set of
technologies necessary for Web services, looks at where they are being
specified and standardized, and identifies the current technical
challenges the Web services community is attacking. It concludes with
recommendations for the use of Web services today and suggestions that
prepare for Web services tomorrow.
"E-services. The Web Services Debate: J2EE vs. .NET." By Joseph
Williams (Master Architect, Sun Professional Services, Fort Collins,
CO, USA). In Communications of the ACM (CACM) Volume 46, Number 6
(June 2003), pages 58-63. 'NET is Microsoft's attempt to develop a
comprehensive execution environment that includes everything a company
would need to implement Web services on Windows. Much of the hype
around .NET is just rebranding of existing products, [and] the bottom
line on .NET is that it only runs on Windows servers.'
"E-services. The Web Services Debate: .NET vs. J2EE." By Gerry Miller
(Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft U.S. Central Region). In
Communications of the ACM (CACM) Volume 46, Number 6 (June 2003),
pages 64-67. 'Most Web services development is being accomplished
today using either Microsoft .NET or Sun Microsystems' J2EE
specification. This is interesting, considering the undisputable fact
that J2EE has no support for Web services.'
"Blue Titan Knits Fabric for Web Services." By David Rubinstein. In
Software Development Times (June 03, 2003). Blue Titan Software Inc.
has released version 2.0 of its Network Director for Web services, a
set of distributed software components and network fabric services for
managing Web services. The new version includes a set of so-called
fabric services that allows policy-based management of Web services.
"Volvo, Enigma Sign Service Life-Cycle Management Deal. The Carmaker
Will Use Enigma's 3C Platform." By Linda Rosencrance. In Computerworld
(June 02, 2003). "Volvo Car Corporation has signed a multimillion-deal
to use software from Enigma Inc. to simplify relationships with its
18,000 dealers and independent repair shops across the globe; Volvo
will use Enigma's 3C Platform to build an application that ties
together its existing XML-based service manuals, electronic parts
catalogs and service bulletins, as well as its diagnostic and software
downloads for onboard automotive control systems.,10801,81731,00.html
"HP Turns to Jabber for Enterprise IM." By John K. Waters. In
Application Development Trends (June 02, 2003). Instant messaging (IM)
is fast emerging as a useful and productivity-enhancing enterprise
technology, and many businesses have begun to embrace it in a serious
way. One example of this trend can be seen in the alliance between
industry heavyweight Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Jabber, a Denver-based
IM and presence technology developer.
"MS Homes in On Jupiter With BizTalk Server Beta. Test Version Seen as
First Phase of Jupiter Project." By Joris Evers (IDG News Service). In
InfoWorld (June 02, 2003). Microsoft has announced the availability of
the first beta version of BizTalk Server 2004, marking the first phase
in its 'Jupiter' project to provide software for integrating business
applications. Jupiter will unify BizTalk with two of Microsoft's other
'E-Business Server' products, Commerce Server and Content Management
"Starting a Healthy Dialogue. CDC Lays Groundwork for XML-Based
National Health Data Exchange." By Ron Miller. In Federal Computer
Week (June 02, 2003). Using Extensible Markup Language, Health Level 7
and industry-standard development tools, states can transmit data to
CDC from many databases and computer systems in a common messaging
format. CDC has developed a base system (general XML schema) for
states to use, or they can develop their own systems using grant money
supplied by CDC.
"Federated Identity Management Addresses E-Business Challenges.
Industry Commentary." By John Worrall (RSA Security) and Jason Rouault
(Hewlett-Packard); RSA and HP are founding members of the Liberty
Alliance Project. In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 6 (June
2003), page 58. Because a single organization cannot effectively
manage or control an e-business initiative from beginning to end, many
are turning to federated identity management to address their e-
business challenges. In a federated environment, a user logs on
through his identity provider and then leverages that authentication
to easily access resources in external domains.
"XML Variant Consolidates Business Reporting." By John S. McCright. In
eWEEK (June 02, 2003). "The Extensible Business Reporting Language
(XBRL) data format could help companies more quickly create reports on
business conditions and thus comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
reporting requirements, say proponents of the format.,3959,1113384,00.asp
"Introducing WS-Transaction, Part 1. The Basis of the WS-Transaction
Protocol." By Dr. Jim Webber and Dr. Mark Little (Arjuna Technologies
Limited). In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 6 (June 2003), pages
28-33 (with 6 figures and source code). WSJ Feature Article. BPEL4WS,
WS-Transaction, and WS-Coordination together form the bedrock for
reliably choreographing Web services-based applications, providing
business process management, transactional integrity, and generic
coordination facilities respectively. This article introduces the
first publicly available WS-Coordination-based protocol (Web Services
Transaction) and shows how WS-Transaction provides atomic
transactional coordination for Web services.
"Reconstructing J2EE: Java Business Integration Meets the Enterprise
Service Bus. Changing the Economics of Integration." By Dave Chappell
(Sonic Software; Web Services Journal Technical Editor). In Web
Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 6 (June 2003), pages 12-16 (with 5
figures). An ESB is based on a distributed, federated network model
which takes on the responsibility of reliable communication within the
network with a common security model, and provides the integration
capabilities that allow applications to easily interoperate.
Integration capabilities implemented as services and can be
independently deployed anywhere within the network.
"Business Flows with BPEL4WS." By Doron Sherman (CTO, Collaxa). In Web
Services Journal. May 2003. With 5 figures. BPEL4WS is now moving
rapidly into becoming the de facto standard for Web service
orchestration with most platform vendors following in IBM and
Microsoft footsteps after the submission of the specification to
OASIS. This article illustrates a payment flow example coded using
BPEL, highlighting some of the main constructs of the language and
demonstrating how the flow can be monitored and managed once it is
"The Differentiation of Web Services Security. How Can You Leverage
Your Investment in Enterprise Security?" By Dave Stanton (Talking
Blocks). In Web Services Journal Volume 3, Issue 6 (June 2003), pages
18-20. Web services are message oriented and lack the guarantee of a
direct connection between service provider and consumer, so many
traditional connection-oriented approaches to common security
challenges are inappropriate or insufficient for a Web services
security architecture. Understanding the differences in implementing a
message-oriented architecture will allow a company to take advantage
of new business opportunities.
"Mappers Write Cookbook 1.0 for Web Services." By Susan M. Menke. In
Government Computer News (May 30, 2003). The Open GIS Consortium Inc.
has put together a batch of not-yet time-tested recipes in an
implementation Cookbook. The consortium's Web Map Service interface
specification makes a browser overlay (a maplike raster-graphic image)
of multiple data layers from one or more distributed geographic
information systems.
"GSA Chooses Web, XML Access to Data." By Jason Miller. In Government
Computer News Volume 22, Number 12 (May 26, 2003). The cost of
reporting data to the Federal Procurement Data Center this fall will
drop to less than $1 per transaction from a current average of $32.
The General Services Administration expects to save the government
about $20 million annually on about 500,000 transactions by revamping
the Federal Procurement Data System.
"The HumanML Initiative: Enabling Internet Communication in a Global
Market." By Russell Ruggiero. From (May 29, 2003). Human
Markup Language (HumanML) is a specification being developed by an
OASIS TC. HumanML has been designed to represent human characteristics
through XML, and is focused on enhancing the fidelity of human
"OASIS to Develop Common Security Language." By Paul Roberts (IDG News
Service). In InfoWorld (May 29, 2003). A new committee at OASIS is
laying the groundwork for a new classification system to describe Web
security vulnerabilities. The OASIS Web Application Security (WAS)
Technical Committee will be responsible for developing an XML schema
that describes Web security conditions and provides guidelines for
classifying and rating the risk level of application vulnerabilities.
The new OASIS WAS standards will be similar to the list of Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) that is used to standardize the
description of network level vulnerabilities.

Selected from the Press
Selected references for abstracted and annotated industry news at:

"UN/CEFACT Plenary Endorses Latest ebXML Specifications."

"Iopsis Unveils Web Services Assembly Product for ebXML and Business
Process Orchestration. Iopsis iNsight Provides Architecture and
Modeling Tools for Web Services Applications."

"Microsoft and VeriSign Teaming Up to Provide Next-Generation Security
Solutions for Enterprise Customers. Windows Server 2003 and VeriSign
Trust Network to Ease Certificate Deployment and Management for a
Range of PKI Services."

"Enigma Has Been Selected By Volvo Cars as the Foundation For Its
Global, Integrated Aftersales Support Solution. Standards-Based
Technology Delivers Integrated Service and Parts Information in Real
Time to Dealers and Independent Service Technicians WorldWide."

"OASIS and RosettaNet Form Standards Development-to-Implementation
Alliance. Consortia Collaborate to Advance E-Business Standards Across
"Industry Leaders Announce New Consortium to Develop Standards for IP-
Based Design. SPIRIT Consortium Focused on Increasing Efficiency
Through Standards for IP Packaging and IP Tools."

"Jabber, Inc. Announces Global Agreement with HP. HP Becomes
Development Partner and Global Reseller of Open-Architected Jabber,
Inc. Commercial Product."

"Microsoft Delivers Beta for First Phase of 'Jupiter,' Dubbed BizTalk
erver 2004. BizTalk Server 2004 Delivers Jupiter's Core Foundation for

"SchemaSoft and W3C to Host SVG Open Conference in July 2003."

"Global Computer Enterprises Wins E-Government Contract from GSA.
FPDS-NG Will Collect Procurement Data From Across the Federal
Government in Real-Time."

"New XML DTD Describes Standard Content Model for Electronic Archiving
and Publishing of Journal Articles."

Selected references from the events calendar at:

SVG Open 2003. July 13 - 18, 2003.  Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.

O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention (OSCON) 2003.  "Extend and
Embrace."  July 7 - 11, 2003.  Portland Marriot Downtown, Portland,
Oregon, USA.

BPM 2003: International Conference On Business Process Management. "On
the Application of Formal Methods to 'Process-Aware Information
Systems."  June 26 - 27, 2003. Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The Eighth Global Grid Forum (GGF8).  "Building Grids: Obstacles and
Opportunities."  June 24 - 27, 2003. Seattle, WA, USA.

The First International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2003).  June
23 - 26, 2003.  Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Open Publish 2003.  June 23 - 25, 2003, Sheraton Society Hill Hotel,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

2003 JavaOne Conference.  June 10 - 13, 2003.  Moscone Convention
Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.

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