Updates on XML theories and practices

Time to rethink XML schema?
It is probably too early to say for sure, but it appears that Web services standards are quietly changing the world of development.

W3C brings Semantic Web closer to reality
The Semantic Web, an extension of the World Wide Web, is becoming a reality with standards that are being implemented in and applications by IBM, Boeing, Adobe and others, according to Eric Miller of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
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MapPoint XML Web service drives Zipcar.com
Zipcar offers a rental car alternative, self-service car rental by the hour. At the heart of the service is a Web application where Zipcard holders enter the address where they are and get a map showing the nearest location of Zipcars, ranging from a Ford Focus to a BMW.
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Recent XML Web services News

Making a date with the Semantic Web
Chris Sukornyk has an answer to the question "Is there any practical application for the W3C Semantic Web concept?"

eBay amps-up developer program with SOAP APIs
eBay is adding SOAP APIs and Java integration tools to its line of software development kits. The San Jose, Calif.-based operator of one of the world's largest online marketplaces said the additions to its SDK family -- expected in Q2 2004 -- are designed to broaden the existing XML and .NET integration capabilities the tools currently provide, and will give developers additional ways to connect to the eBay platform.

XML - Real thing, taken for granted
We present here a consideration of the state of XML. Why XML? Simple. It is the paradigm shift that is already happening. Yes, it has passed its fifth birthday; however, that means enough cogs and wheels are moving to make it useful. It is also old enough to be under the radar of the proverbial hype-meisters (which may or may not include those who tend to prefer the term "Web services" to "XML").

Novell unveils 'intuitive XML' for building Web services
Asserting that one of the obstacles to creating Web services is the coding required, Novell Inc. is offering point-and-click Web services tools that are not beyond the scope of PC-savvy business users.

Managing Web services
For Providence Health System, a Seattle-based company serving four West Coast states, the goal was to cultivate customer loyalty with new online services ranging from personal health-care management to appointments and billings. Doing so would require integrating applications and data sources from numerous internal systems, and enhancing the user experience with personal health applications from WellMed Inc., a third-party service provider recently acquired by WebMD.

Brunswick bowls for Web services
Brunswick Corp., Vernon Hills, Ill., is probably best known as a maker of bowling and billiards equipment, but according to JT Smith, the firm's director of technology, Brunswick also develops open-source Web services integration products.

Q&A: Web services security
Toufic Boubez has a stellar record in Web services. At IBM, he co-authored UDDI. Later, he founded Layer 7 Technologies which recently released SecureSpan to promote Web services security and integration policy creation. Jack Vaughan met with Boubez over iced tea in the friendly confines of Boston's Seaport District.

Berners-Lee: Integrate Web services and Semantic Web
What is the difference between the Semantic Web and all the data-based applications that have preceded it? The Semantic Web doesn't follow a document model; instead, it models real-world things, said Tim Berners-Lee, the director of the W3C and inventor of the World Wide Web.

Web Services Reflections: Q&A with Eric Newcomer
ADT's Jack Vaughan recently sat down with Iona's CTO Eric Newcomer to discuss SOAP, CORBA, and more.

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