Stories by Oliver Rist and David Aubrey

Connecting with Java Web services

For Java developers the evolution to Web services simply seems the next logical step. Not surprisingly, then, commercial J2EE platform vendors have also jumped on the bandwagon, weaving special Web services capabilities into their development tools and application servers. How important are these features in smoothing the creation and deployment of Web services? How real are their advantages over open source? Which J2EE application server is the best platform for Web services? To find out, we rounded up the two leading commercial J2EE servers, BEA Systems’ WebLogic and IBM’s WebSphere, plus a solid also-ran, Sybase’s EAServer, and the most popular open source J2EE server, JBoss, and we put them to the test.