Apple unveils Web services support in app tool
- By John K. Waters
[PROGRAMMERS REPORT, November 19, 2002] -- Apple has unveiled a new version of its Web application development tool
suite. WebObjects 5.2 now supports Web services standards, such as XML, SOAP and
WSDL, providing Apple with yet another opportunity to attract business
Apple obtained the WebObjects technology with its 1997 acquisition of Next
Software. Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the chief executive at Next at the time.
The latest version adds a number of features for enterprise developers,
including rapid application development modules that generate code-free
prototypes in minutes, and dynamic service development -- that integrates easily
with services written in Java, AppleScript, Perl and .NET -- which helps
developers create Web services based on SOAP, XML and WSDL.
Other enhancements include improved J2EE integration. WebObjects applications
can now be packaged in a single directory that makes it easier to deploy to a
J2EE servlet container.
WebObjects 5.2 includes visual tools that can reverse-engineer JDBC or JNDI
data sources, company reps said, as well as object-oriented frameworks that
transparently handle data persistence. Built on a three-tier architecture with
intrinsic clustering support, WebObjects allows users to deliver ''maintainable,
The toolset includes support for J2EE technologies, including Servlet
integration, an Object Request Broker (ORB) and an Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
container, so users can mix and match technologies. JSP programmers can use the
automated data persistence of WebObjects as an alternative to complex EJBs.
WebObjects 5.2 is priced at $699.
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John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached