Related: Reliability key
- By Peter Bochner
- August 1, 2002
Ease of installation and quality of documentation were favorable characteristics
that led to the WebLogic choice. BEA was ranked high for its overall quality,
scalability and level of support.
The following year, Networkcar converted to WebLogic Server 6.1 because that
version had built-in XML-based Web services capability. "When we were using
5.1, we hand-rolled our own [Web services] using JSP and Servlet [APIs],"
said Williams. "Those Web services allowed another company's server to
grab data from our servers, so we could pass XML documents back to them for
parsing. It worked like a champ, but it was not convenient, nor were they true
For Williams, the most critical feature of WebLogic Server is its reliability.
"Your Web system's got to be stable, that's number one," he said.
Although WebLogic Server is the only BEA product used by Networkcar, the company
is looking at WebLogic Server 7.0 and is also evaluating the beta release of
the WebLogic Workshop development environment.