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As the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform continues to grow and gain ground in corporations and the battle between Java and Microsoft .NET intensifies, more and more companies are looking for help in building their J2EE applications. With the large number of standard technologies available, all being exposed at the programming interface or metadata level, making sense of what, when, and how to use these technologies is becoming harder. This problem opens the door for J2EE frameworks ­ tools and applications that manage much of the complexities of the underlying J2EE data, code, and deployment and allow the user to work in a much more efficient and coherent manner. A framework centralizes different common design-time and runtime resources, allowing developers to concentrate on the unique business logic of the application, and avoid having to build the underlyi... (more)

Service-Oriented Architecture: Beyond Web Services

Chances are you've heard the term service-oriented architecture (SOA). It describes a software architecture in which reusable services are deployed onto application servers and then consumed by clients in different applications or business processes. If you've tried to find information on SOAs, the chances are also good that you found a description that includes Web services, often exclusively. This might have led you to the conclusion that if you aren't using Web services, you have no need for SOAs. This couldn't be further from the truth. The problem starts with the definition... (more)