Cape Clear offers free editor tool to navigate the sea of WSDL
[PROGRAMMERS REPORT -Sept 10, 2002] - The Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) has sometimes been positioned as
an easier way to learn the interface definition language than others that have
gone before it. But as developers wrestle with Web services implementations,
this may prove not to be the case. As with any software spec, tools can
Cape Clear Software wants to lend a hand to Web services programmers
struggling with the complexities of WSDL by providing them with a free graphical
The Dublin, Ireland-based Web services technology provider is billing its
Cape Clear WSDL Editor as 'an intuitive graphical environment for the design of
Web Services' that offers 'a range of features that simplify WSDL for both
novice and experienced Web Services programmers alike,' according to company
The WSDL Editor is part of Cape Clear's Web services development tool,
CapeStudio, which is built on the company's CapeConnect Web services
'The WSDL Editor is to Web services development what WYSIWYG HTML editors
were to Web page development,' said John Maughan, business manager for Cape
Clear's CapeStudio product line. He called his company's offering the first
complete environment for rapid WSDL development.
WSDL is a protocol for describing the capabilities of a Web service. As such,
it is proving useful to teams -- often dispersed through different organizations
-- that must work together on building applications. According to Maughan, the
Cape Clear editor is designed to allow developers to describe those capabilities
at the beginning of a project, before they code the application itself -- a
technique he characterized as a top-down approach to development. The advantages
of this approach, he said, are twofold: It allows Web services consumers and
producers to work in parallel, and it allows corresponding developers to use
The Cape Clear WSDL Editor includes a number of wizards designed to eliminate
the complexity of WSDL, a WSDL validation feature to simplify testing and
support for the rapid creation of Web services from XML Schema. In particular,
said Maughan, the editor assists developers who wish to create Web services from
existing XML interfaces such as SWIFT, ACORD, BAPI and RosettaNet.
Cape Clear Software's WSDL Editor download
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Scott Adams is a senior software engineer for TeamQuest.