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Do you have a .NET Passport identity? You may not realize it, but chances are reasonably high that you do. If you have a HotMail or MSN account, Microsoft assigned a Passport identity to you automatically. Microsoft claims to have more than 160 million users registered in the Passport identity service. Pretty soon you'll need a Passport ID to have any interaction with Microsoft. In December 2001, quite a few gamesters were surprised to discover that their old accounts at the Microsoft Zone gaming site wouldn't work without a Passport ID. Microsoft also requires a Passport ID to join MSDN, to register for a Microsoft seminar, or to access Microsoft's node in the UDDI public registry. The new Windows XP Product Activation (WPA) system uses Passport by default. You can also use your Passport ID to log in to your XP system. So just what does a Passport identity do for you... (more)

Infrastructure-Level Web Services

When discussing Web services, most people tend to focus on the core Web services framework (the standards and protocols) and the applications that you can build with the framework. Although I have no trouble waxing profusely on these topics, I get even more jazzed when I start to think about infrastructure-level Web services. (I know. I need to get a life.) Infrastructure-level Web services are Web services that implement part of the distributed computing infrastructure. They help other Web services communicate. In particular, these services make the Web services framework more ... (more)

The Triumph of Hype Over ExperienceWill Web Services Go the Way of P2P, Bluetooth, and the Wireless Web?

Hype is a very useful marketing tool. You come up with a new idea, something with real potential. You go out and raise awareness, you evangelize about how this new technology will revolutionize business. If you market it well, you create a buzz. The next thing you know, you've got lots of people talking about it. New businesses start popping up. Money starts to flow. Suddenly you're on your way to endless riches...at least for a little while. But there's a problem with hype. If you're not careful, the idea will get exaggerated. Expectations can get totally out of hand. What starts... (more)

And The Winner is…

I was quite amused by a series of articles talking about the battle between Java and .NET that appeared in mid-January. One article said that Java has a two-to-one lead over .NET based on an informal online poll. Meanwhile, in an article entitled "Outlook: Java tech trends through 2004," Mark Driver at Gartner claimed, "Microsoft's emerging NET platform will continue to garner most of the vision and mind share for Web-services-based development efforts." And in an article entitled, "Enterprise Java Bulks Up," Thomas Murphy of META Group said, "The lack of standards support will n... (more)

WS-I and W3C

IBM and Microsoft recently launched another Web services-related effort - the Web Services Interoperability Organization (www.ws-i.org), or WS-I for short. Its charter is to promote Web services interoperability across platforms, operating systems, and programming languages. I, for one, view interoperability as absolutely critical to the success of Web services technology. I don't think I'm alone in the view, since more than 60 companies joined the consortium within the first week. Obviously the formation of this group is a "good thing." So I was a bit amused by the immediate de... (more)