Rogue Wave framework opens SOAP to C++ gurus
- By Jack Vaughan
[MARCH 18, 2003/ADT'S PROGRAMMERS REPORT] - C++ developers are among programming's hot-rodders. Embedded
programmers would take issue, but, compared to many, C++ crewmembers
have their feet to the floor pushing the metal.
Still, the C++ community is not always involved when discussions turn
to some of the emerging technology of the day, such as SOAP and Web
services. Software development mainstay Rogue Wave hopes to address
that issue with a new development platform that lets C++ developers
do what they do well, while working with higher-level programming
Using Rogue Wave's Lightweight Enterprise Integration Framework
(LEIF), developers can build C++ applications that interoperate nicely
with many different middleware solutions.
"SOAP has largely been done on Java," said Tim Triemstra, product
marketing manager, Rogue Wave. "But there is no reason C++ cannot deal
with high-level concepts such as service-oriented architecture [SOA],
which is something Web services fit into real well."
With LEIF, "you can expose your C++ [code as] services over a network,
much like as in .NET," said Triemstra. In effect, you can have
functions in C++ interact with other code more broadly, without buying
into a specific platform.
The framework is built on Rogue Wave's Bobcat C servlet container,
which also brings notions (servlets, for example) now familiar in Java
Such software can help application teams building high-performance Web
applications. These teams may have skilled C++ hands who can now take
advantage of Web services without learning a whole new set of languages
For a free LEIF White Paper from Rogue Wave (pdf download), please go to http://www.roguewave.com/products/whitepapers.cfm?paper=leif
"Microsoft's Don Box on SOAP, XML & VB" by Jack Vaughan,
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.