Monday, March 14, 2005

Eclipse Brings Web Services Tools to Light

Eclipse Brings Web Services Tools to Light
The Eclipse Foundation issued its first open source Web services tools geared to make it easier and faster for developers to write and deploy Java software.

The tools are designed to help programmers create Web services (define), which make communication possible between multiple applications. They make sure the applications are conformant to standards from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization.

The release includes authoring tools for the W3C's Web Service Description Language (WSDL) (define), XML (define) and XML schema (define) standards, as well as wizards to ease Web service creation. To ensure authenticity of the tools, the group has also included the reference implementation of the WS-I validation tools.

Having Web services tools with guaranteed open source pedigree should be received as a boon to an industry unsure of the service-oriented architectures (SOA) (define) offerings of some of the leading Web services vendors. Developers have been slow to adopt Web services for a variety of reasons, some of which the Eclipse tools should address.

The Web services utilities are part of the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) Project, which will release WTP 1.0 this July

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