DevX Special Report: Ensuring Successful Web Services Today and Tomorrow

Special Report: Ensuring Successful Development of Web Services, Today and Tomorrow
uccess in understanding and developing Web services can mean the difference between keeping and losing your IT job. The good news is that there are successful, time-tested models of development practices that can help developers create enhanced Web service applications and plan for their long-term success and maintenance.

Over a series of five articles, development experts from HP will address several key aspects of designing, developing, deploying, and maintaining essential Web services. These are timely topics because IT organizations are moving their internal applications to Web services, better integrating IT functions and external partners and vendors.

Many large-scale IT applications are mission critical and cannot afford to be subject to serious defects, poor performance, or considerable downtime. Getting automated data about real-time performance issues on these applications can help developers optimize applications without blowing the timeline. Learn how to build and leverage intelligent feedback and end-to-end control into the Web services development lifecycle.

So now that you know how important foresight and planned management are to the success of your organization’s Web services transition, the next step is knowing what you need to squeeze out of your management platform. We give you practical advice in eight easy steps.

When you deploy any application, you are expected to have a plan for management and maintenance of that codebase: That’s part of the job. But developers have been so busy learning Web services that management issues have taken a back seat. Use these requirements as a checklist for investigating products that should underlie your company’s vital Web services and facilitate their long-term management.

Once developers recognize certain design issues and patterns, the first barrier to Web services development is conquered. The second barrier is being able to handle unforeseen issues during the development process, without impeding progress. We offer common sense guidance that will get you going quickly and keep you moving toward your goals, even when problems arise.

Although the model of Web service interoperability is straightforward, it introduces new development practices and methodologies that can be difficult to learn. However, it can be a short-lived hurdle if you recognize certain patterns to design issues. by Chris Peltz
About the Authors

Chris Peltz is a software consultant in HP’s Developer Resource Organization, providing consulting on J2EE, Web services, and mobile architectures. He has presented on web services best practices at both HP World 2002 in Los Angeles and HP Software Universe 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal. Chris will speak later this year at Web Services Edge 2003 in Boston. He has more than 10 years of experience in object-oriented development, user interface design, Web development, and J2EE architectures.

Justin Murray is a technical consultant at HP and has worked for the company for 14 years. He has taught and delivered consulting to HP customers and staff on a variety of subjects, including Web services applications and Java performance optimization.

Shaun Connolly is the Director of Developer Programs for HP Software. He is responsible for engaging developers in the exchange of information on trends, requirements for tools, and community/industry issues. Shaun previously led the product strategy and direction for Hewlett-Packard’s Middleware Division as well as Bluestone Software. Before joining Bluestone Software, Shaun served as Vice President of Development at Primavera Systems, a leading project management software company.

Tom Angelucci is HP’s Developer Programs Manager for the Americas and is responsible for creating awareness for HP’s software products and platforms in the development community. He previously directed the Solution Alliances group at HP Middleware where he was responsible for developing and managing channel alliances with many leading enterprise software vendors. Prior to joining HP he was Sr. Product Manager for Bluestone Software’s XML Server product line.
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