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Iona promises interoperable Web services

Playing the peacemaker, Iona Technologies is aiming to make Web services built in Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) usable under .Net software and vice versa.

Company officials made the announcement on 15 August. The Iona XMLBus, currently in beta, enables developers to build Web services on the Iona iPortal, BEA System's WebLogic or IBM's WebSphere, and take advantage of services built on .Net.

XMLBus has passed interoperability testing with nine Web service implementations, according to Rebecca Dias, product manager for XMLBus at Dublin-based Iona.

Iona's XMLBus currently supports Java applications and Enterprise JavaBeans, Dias said. "The next two desires for us in the short term are Java Messaging Service JMS and Common Object Request Broker Architecture, and then eventually Customer Information Control System and Information Management System."

To demonstrate the interoperability, Iona has a .Net retail application with XMLBus that communicates via Simple Object Access Protocol to an Iona XMLBus Web Service brokering book catalogues and quotes for bulk book purchases.

Dias said the XMLBus would be available in the fourth quarter. The preview is currently available as a free download on www.xmlbus.com.
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