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THIS MONTH I'M GOING TO TALK about Web Services (capitals intended - I'll explain in a minute). Specifically, as one of the architects of BEA's SOAP/WSDL stack, I'd like to talk to you about Web Services and where they fit in with J2EE and Java in general. I capitalize the term "Web Services" because when I use it I'm referring to a very specific set of specifications and protocols. Many companies have retargeted their marketing machines at this space and they're using the term "web services" (lowercase s intended) to mean a wide variety of things, some even stretching it out to mean regular Web sites. Web Services are, by my definition, services whose shape (or interface) is determined by a corresponding WSDL document and that are accessed through some binding to the SOAP protocol. Currently, services falling under this umbrella should follow the SOAP 1.x and WSDL... (more)

Caching

Application server performance. Database performance. Hardware performance. These are numbers measured in the popular press, although in most situations they have little to do with your application's real-world performance. The number one way to increase performance, the thing that gives you the biggest boost, is caching. Caching in every tier is becoming more and more prevalent. On the front end, we have caching proxy servers like Squid and AOL. On the back end, we have databases and file systems that are caching our data. This month, I'm going to talk about caching in the Web a... (more)

CMP 2.0, EJBGen, and Builder Make EJBs Easy!

EJBs have always been the best way to ensure that your applications were portable and would leverage all the optimizations of the J2EE server. Now they are also easy to build. With the release of WebLogic Platform 7.0, you can create EJBs in record time. At the center of this revolution is Container Managed Persistence 2.0, which allows WebLogic to build tools that remove the layers from EJB development. Relations, the standard EJB query language, and JavaBean-like properties all contribute to this new age. Since EJB 1.0 was introduced it's had a rap as a difficult, complex techn... (more)

Using JMX

The Java Management API (JMX) has been integral to managing the WebLogic Server since WebLogic 6.0. Through this API you can search for management beans (mbeans) within the application server and query them for both configuration information and runtime monitoring information. In addition, this API can be used to actually change the configuration of the server. In fact, this API is used internally by the console and other administration tools to do their work and report their data. This API can be a powerful tool for monitoring. Let's look at an example. In this application, you... (more)

Migrate Early, and Often:Maintain your flexibility to upgrade when the time comes

Working at a software company and watching products evolve over the years, "Migrate Early, and Often"is the best advice I can give someone who is trying to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Obviously, if you have an application that's in production with no problems and you aren't planning on adding any new features, then of course keep the same version of the underlying platform. However, if you're developing a new application and are currently in the process of architecting and designing, you should definitely talk with your vendor about what you can expect in upcoming rel... (more)