Connect WebSphere and Java applications to SQL Server

FYI: The MS JDBC Driver is completely tested by IBM for use with WebSphere App Server v6.1 and v7.0. From the IBM Announcement for WebSphere Application Server v7.0:  WebSphere Application Server V7.0 does not include the WebSphere Connect JDBC driver that had been provided in WebSphere Application Server V6.1. To replace the functionality provided by…

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PowerShell CMDLets for WebSphere MQ – administer queues on Windows or Linux

Last year, I wrote about the idea of PowerShell CmdLets for WebSphere MQ.  PowerShell is a beautiful scripting environment, you see, and it allows you to load any managed class library and then call into it.  This is what allows me to, for example, create zip files within Powershell.  But there are of course a zillion…

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Interop enables IT Agility (sell that Mainframe on ebay?)

Here’s an interesting story! January 30, 2008 (Computerworld) An IBM zSeries mainframe that Palm Beach Community College bought for about a half-million dollars in 2005 was sold this month on eBay for $40,000. Mainframes and other IT systems “depreciate worse than cars,” lamented Tony Parziale, CIO at the college in Florida. Parziale has moved some…

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JMS Adapters for .NET & BizTalk

Love it!  I previously posted about a beta of the JNBridge JMS Adapters.  I just got a form email from the company that they’ve publicly released their adapters.  There’s a version of the adpater for .NET apps – this allows any .NET app to connect to any JMS resource.  Think about that.  It’s really useful.  If…

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Benchmarks and Interop: IBM responds to StockTrader

Just saw comments by Andrew Spyker of IBM on the StockTrader demonstration and benchmark that my buddy and esteemed colleague Greg Leake put together. IBM’s Trade 6.1 benchmark application is a sample and performance testing application published by IBM, and is designed to illustrate the proper application design practices for high performance J2EE-based applications running within WebSphere…

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Keeping it real on SOA

Bobby Wolfe of IBM told no lies when he said that Clients often want to build only an ESB, because that involves a technology challenge without the need for messy business requirements. Building just an ESB becomes an IT field of dreams, where IT builds an ESB and then hopes some SOA will come along…

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SOA Story featuring WebSphere and WCF Interop, and wow! Look at those prices!

This is an older story, but you may have missed it. (I did!)  Insurance provider Safeco initiated a SOA effort and within that, built a new application using WebSphere Process Server, ASP.NET, and WCF Services written in C#.    The story was written up on infoq back in May, but it is still very current.  The business…

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Improving WCF interop with Websphere/RAD by controlling WSDL Generation

I wrote about Christian’s foray into this area a while back. Now comes news that other people are confronting the same issue, but with Websphere or Rational App Developer. Here’s the problem: WCF emits WSDL that is modular – the base WSDL file references other WSDLs and XSDs which are external.  Christian found out that…

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Feature Pack for Websphere improves interop with .NET

Back in June, IBM Announced the Feature Pack for Web Services for WebSphere Application Server V6.1, which adds new support for WS-* protocols into Websphere App Server. Find the announcement here. In the announcement IBM stated that the feature pack …extends the capabilities of Application Server V6.1 to enable Web Services messages to be sent…

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Fact Check – IBM’s Steve Mills claims on MS and SOA

We saw an article on CNET that included quotes from Steve Mills of IBM directly related to Interop, SOA and Microsoft.  Since Interop is one of our passions, we thought it would be worthwhile to respond.  Given that we are approaching an election here in the US, we are employing a CNN technique. Let’s check…

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