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As more and more companies focus on providing higher levels of personalization in the products and services they offer, it's only natural that their online channels offer this same level of personalization. WebLogic Portal includes product catalog components capable of flexibly managin...
Modern enterprises are drowning in a sea of information. Despite owning an ever-increasing volume of information, most enterprises cannot exploit it to even a fraction of its full potential. This is because the information is strewn across many systems with diverse data formats and int...
We know the mantra 'Content is King' with the Internet is legitimate. Many now ask, 'How do we make content a focus?' Whether you have a content-heavy Internet Web site or a vast base of enterprise content inside your corporate intranet, you want to provide your users with a quick and ...
(Orlando, FL) - During BEA eWorld 2003, its eighth annual technology conference, BEA Systems, Inc., the world's leading application infrastructure software company, unveiled new products and services designed to meet the main challenge facing enterprises today - business integration. B...
This year's BEA eWorld 2003 show is the center of attention for BEA's product announcements and vision for the upcoming year, exciting stuff indeed. The theme for this year's conference is 'convergence.' You'll notice that this theme is likewise ingrained in the articles in this issue...
BEA has begun the rollout of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, a new release of BEA's application infrastructure platform product, with powerful new functionality for building and integrating enterprise applications.
Enterprise application integration, now the centerpiece of corporate IT strategy, remains unacceptably high in cost and effort for one reason. Today's typical IT organization has separate environments for application development and integration.
The initial focus of Weblogic Workshop was on Web services applications, but the core mission of the Workshop team has always been to deliver unprecedented productivity building enterprise-class applications. Many of the innovations introduced in the first version, such as visual desi...
In today's competitive business environment, success depends on the quality of information available and the sophistication with which it is used. Many companies successfully differentiate themselves with the quality of their information-handling systems. As technologists, our job is t...
BEA believes that both open-source projects and commercial Java platform products like WebLogic are crucial to the health of the Java ecosystem. That's why WebLogic runs on top of, incorporates, contributes to, and creates open-source technologies. Even open-source projects that provid...
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is traveling around the world and talking to CIOs about the many pressing challenges of managing today's heterogeneous IT infrastructure. It's clear to me that in today's difficult economy, it is not that CIOs are 'not spending' money. They're ...
The explosion of Web services has spawned significant new challenges for IT and the technologies they use. With the infrastructure requirements for WebLogic applications growing more complex, the addition of Web services suddenly expands the management focus to systems and applications...
Many articles have claimed that Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and .NET Web services are interoperable. What does this mean from a developer's perspective? What issues and problems arise as you actually do the work?
The typical enterprise relies on a mix of custom built and pre-packaged business applications using multiple technologies. Over the last decade, the Internet explosion drove the desire to make these applications available via the Web. Unfortunately, many companies exacerbated their exi...
Without exception, the Internet has dramatically changed the way business information is delivered and consumed. The proliferation of free information coupled with fee-based services that have migrated to the Web has proven overwhelming for the average knowledge worker. While every des...
The editors of WebLogic Developer's Journal recently sat down with Olivier Helleboid, BEA's President of Products, to talk about WebLogic's direction in 2003.
Macromedia, Inc., has announced the availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server. This rapid server scripting environment for creating Internet application brings the ease of use and productivity of ColdFusion to the standards-based Java technology architecture offe...
My house has bars on its windows. Yes, bars. I am sure at some point in the life of the 110-year-old house, they served a functional purpose. Surely, if I were a robber, I'd be more motivated to look elsewhere for my next DVD player to steal, but the bars are more decorative, just orna...
Security is any mechanism that can be used to protect and validate resources. There are many security models that can be used to protect the data. The security model may use encryption, access control, or several other security methods. Authorization, or access control, has different s...
With the arrival of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0, a new security architecture with improved and expanded security features was introduced. The primary goal of that new architecture is to let you plug in security providers from different security vendors and to let them cooperate seamlessly ...
WebLogic Server 7.0 offers a new, integrated approach to solving the overall security problem for enterprise applications. With this framework, application security becomes a function of the application infrastructure and is separate from the application itself. Any application deploye...
Through advanced clustering capabilities, BEA WebLogic Server-based e-business applications can be scaled across multiple servers. (Note: WebLogic Server supports multiple types of clustering, only one of which is relevant here - what is referred to as Web Clustering. In Web Clusterin...
Complex, distributed Web applications have been the source of headaches for many Web managers. In the past, pinpointing performance issues and transaction failures has been a tedious process. Monitoring tools did a good job identifying whether a network application was slow, but did a ...
This month, I thought I would take a below-the-surface look at what needs to be done to achieve transactional access to the IBM MQSeries messaging product from WebLogic Server within the context of an Xa transaction managed by WebLogic's JTA subsystem. Of course, from the outset I woul...
This is the first in a series of articles from the Office of the CTO at BEA Systems. As my main area of expertise and interest is application architecture, my role within the CTO's office allows me to explore how BEA's customers and products interact around applications - architecture,...
WebLogic Server provides mechanisms to expose standard J2EE components and Java classes as Web services. It typically processes an RPC-style Web service by determining the operation to invoke from the SOAP message, deserializing the operation's parameters in the SOAP message to Java, a...
It is the dawn of a new season as BEA WebLogic Developer's Journal moves into its second year. What better way to start the new year than with a focus issue on Web services? And it's not too early to do so; as we move closer to BEA's eWorld 2003 developer conference in March, I'm sure ...
The Web services world is currently cluttered with code-intensive solutions that require intimate knowledge of lower-level protocols to successfully deploy applications as Web services. Much like the initial situation of the World Wide Web, when a detailed knowledge of the HTML specifi...
We recently had a chance to talk to just some of the team behind BEA's dev2dev portal and program. Diana Reid is senior director of Developer Marketing. Before joining BEA, she spent six years at Microsoft in a variety of developer-focused roles. Mary Haggard is senior director of de...
As part of its ongoing commitment to the IT community, BEA Systems, Inc., the world's leading application infrastructure software company, has introduced six new levels of role-based technical certifications, as well as significant enhancements to the BEA Certification Program.
Architecting large-scale applications in the real world is hard. Throw portal and enterprise application integration (EAI) concerns into the mix (as you often must) and you make the job all that much harder. You must make any number of difficult decisions, many of which can have a ripp...
BI, a company that specializes in business improvement programs for a wide range of companies, leverages J2EE for many of its software solutions. In fact, we've had several J2EE-based applications in production for years. Our flagship online media redemption vehicle is one such applica...
Web services are, among other things, a steamy bowl of alphabet soup. When developers set out to explore this new area of software development, they are immediately confronted with a number of new terms such as SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, JAX-RPC, and more.
A common complaint in the transaction newsgroup is, 'I've done my database updates in a JTA transaction, but they didn't complete as a unit!' In many cases, the explanation for this unfortunate loss of ACID is that the database connections that were used in the logic weren't o...
In the last issue of WebLogic Developer's Journal (Vol. 1, issue 12) we looked at some of the major features and functional areas of the new Security Framework in WebLogic Server 7.0. Now let's take a closer look at how WebLogic Server 7.0 implements the primary task areas of ...
I learned about WebLogic Workshop in December of 2001 while interviewing BEA CTO Scott Dietzen. At the time, it was code-named Cajun and, according to Scott, the tool would revolutionize Web services and J2EE development. Cajun has since been renamed BEA WebLogic Workshop and become an...
A continuous integration process involves automatic building and testing with tools like Ant and JUnit. These tools need a tool that will manage and control the build process - this is where Cruise Control comes in.
My friends arrived in town (Denver, CO - U.S.) last weekend and to their surprise, I told them I had four football (American football, that is...) tickets to the Broncos game on Sunday. That morning, we proceeded to tailgate, drink, and eat merrily; and then we entered the new 'Mile Hi...
As J2EE usage proliferates into new domains, software engineers are realizing that out-of-the-box components cannot be used to solve problems for which they were not designed. One such example is state and session management (SSM) for applications serving wireless devices. We'll look a...
The BEA (http://dev2dev.bea.com) dev2dev Team went global this fall with the first-ever 'dev2dev Days' events taking place (with sold-out crowds!) in 11 cities. This one-day, code-level training event offered developers, development managers, and architects a comprehensive look at the ...