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In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how the use of messaging software can alleviate some of the problems with integration of J2EE and .NET environments using Web services. In this article we will discuss implementation of the proposed architecture on both J2EE and .NET platforms, along with possible enhancements of the proposed solution. All of the code referenced in this article is available for download from Implementing the .NET Client Although support pack MA07 supports all the basic functionality of WebSphere MQ and is implemented based on the WebSphere MQ Java object model, implementation of interoperability with a JMS-based J2EE implementation poses the following challenges: 1.  Implementation of JMS for WebSphere MQ introduces the RFH2 header, which is used by this implementation to support JMS-required features (e.g.,... (more)

Web Services Invocation Framework, part 2

The Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF) is an architecture and programming model that - unlike today's most popular Web services APIs, JAX-RPC and JAXM - supports RPC and messaging invocation of Web services in a single programming model. In Part 1 of this series I introduced WSIF and described its architecture and programming model. In this article I will discuss more advanced topics of WSIF programming, such as usage of different providers, JNDI bindings, asynchronous service invocation, and messaging. Using the EJB Provider After creating the basic Web service implementat... (more)

Web Services Invocation Framework

Today's most popular Web services APIs - JAX-RPC and JAXM - support two very different programming models for invocation of Web services, one synchronous, one asynchronous. If users need both models in a single application, they are forced to use two sets of very different APIs. This article, the first of a two-part series, describes an architecture and programming model - the Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF) - that provides a single set of APIs that supports both models. JAX-RPC, which is currently part of J2EE and consequently is a mandatory implementation for all J2EE... (more)

Implementing J2EE-.NET Interoperability Using WebSphere MQ

It is today's reality that most companies are using both J2EE and .NET environments for their software implementation. Until recently, the prevalent solution for integration of these two environments has been HTTP-based Web services. Although this solution works well in many cases, it suffers from the following drawbacks: 1.  Most implementations today are synchronous and based on the synchronous nature of the underlying HTTP protocol. 2.  Reliable messaging is difficult to implement using HTTP. 3.  Load balancing in an HTTP-based environment requires a client-side load-balancing ... (more)

The Key to Superior EJB Design

Over the past several years EJB technology has entered the software development mainstream. This new level of recognition and greater popularity brings an increase in design activities in the EJB space, such as best practices and design patterns. Most of the EJB design practices created so far are aimed at improving the overall performance of EJB-based applications. It turns out that the majority of these practices were taken directly from object-oriented development (OO) and moved to the realm of EJB design, without consideration for the specifics of EJBs. This article emphasiz... (more)