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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)

Keynote Panel: Summit on Web Services Standards

Anne Thomas Manes and a panel of industry experts will talk about the new standardization process, and discuss the effectiveness of this process in terms of faster times to market. Join in the discussion with the Chair of the WS-I basic working Group and representatives from industry leading corporations, and gain insights into how this process will impact your technology strategy. Panelists: Chris Ferris (IBM, Chair, WS-I Basic Profile Working Group) Andrew Layman (Senior Program Manager, Microsoft) David Orchard (technical director in BEA Systems' CTO Office, focusing on Web serv... (more)

The State of Standards

There is an old saying among standards wonks: "The most wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them." And this truism is more applicable today than ever before. There are so many WS-* specifications, I've started referring to them as WS-Vertigo. But there is a reason that there are so many of them. The Web Services Framework (WSF) relies on a composable architecture. One of the primary tenets of the WSF is to keep things as simple as possible. Therefore, if an application doesn't require security, reliability, or transactions, you shouldn't clutter up the i... (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)

Book Excerpt: When to Use Web Services

There are many compelling reasons to use Web services. It seems as if everyone is at least playing with Web services. Almost every software vendor is building support for Web services into its platforms, languages, and tools. Web services enable any-to-any integration, supporting any programming language, any runtime platform, and any network transport. Technologies such as SOAP and WSDL are simpler to use than traditional integration middleware technologies, and they offer much more flexibility. When combined with domain-specific industry standards, Web services enable unprecede... (more)