TME sticks with SOAP

The Mind Electric (TME) has released the latest new version of its Glue tool set for building Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)-based Web services in Java.

Version 3.0, available now, incorporates a bundle of new programs to simplify the work of assembling and deploying Web services. The company says 20,000 copies of Glue have been downloaded since it was released about a year ago. Its popularity is due in part to its simplicity, and also to the fact that the Glue standard edition is free.

The new features in version 3.0 include:

-- Integrated Web server, servlet engine and Java Server Pages engine.

-- Improved user interface with more drag and drop features and more advanced remote deployment.

-- Uses the Java Authentication and Authorization Service to connect to enterprise LDAP and NT directories.

-- Faster performance; TME says the new version is 30 times faster than Apache Axis, an open source SOAP toolkit.

The Pro version of Glue includes support for Enterprise Java Beans, Java Messaging Service, Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI), plus other features needed in creating enterprise Web services. The price is US$1,000 per developer; and $1,500 per CPU when the application is deployed.

The company faces an array of rivals, notably Cape Clear and Systinet. TME software engineers, led by founder Graham Glasse, are already preparing the ground for the next phase of Web services, Gaia. Gaia will use the emerging idea of grid computing to cluster and load-balance Web services. Grids coordinate distributed clusters of computers to handle computing tasks. Gaia will act as the intelligence to make the coordination possible.

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