WS-I Basic Profile Testing Tools

ASP.NET Web Services with .NET 2.0 will include testing for Basic Profile compliance. In the mean time, the WS-I has testing tools written in both C# and Java to help developers determine whether their Web services are conformant with WS-I profile guidelines.

Detecting and Resolving Stalled and Stuck I/O Issues in SQL Server 2000 SP 4 is an interesting article highlighting the changes in SP4 that help to diagnose I/O issues. At Microsoft UK in Reading, we have a scalability lab configured to allow customers to come for a week and measure their application performance in an…

SOA: Myth or reality?

There is a continuing (and welcome) debate about the merits of "SOA", although the position of some contributors doesn't seem to be coming across very clearly. Clemens Vasters suggested on Monday that maybe SOA doesn't really exist. This caused some outcry from those arguing that you can build a service oriented architecture. Richard Turner repeats…

ASMX 2.0 – Now with Basic Profile 1.1 Conformance

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Basic Profile support in ASP.NET Web Services (ASMX) with .NET 2.0. Since then, Beta 2 has been released changing the details slightly. Beta 2 incorporates support for the Basic Profile v1.1 (Beta 1 supported v1.0). The syntax for declaring that your web service conforms to BP1.1 has…

WS-* vs. Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)

Tomas Restrepo calls out Richard Turner for not being very pragmatic. Richard outlines his opposition to building a communications “bus” for the enterprise in the hope that it solves all the integration needs of the business. Instead Richard is relying on WS-* to deliver the necessary interop. Tomas says: My humble opinion on the matter…

Pragmatic Service Orientation

There is a lot of industry buzz around service orientation and “SOA” and a number of prominent voices within Microsoft are trying hard to articulate the approach the company is taking in this area. I think it is important, first of all, to emphasise that there is no Microsoft product that represents the hub of…