Microsoft Updates Tools for Building Web Services
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft Corp. yesterday unveiled two SOAP-related
technologies to help developers build and use Web Services.
The first tool is the beta release of Microsoft SOAP Toolkit
Version 2.0 for Visual Studio 6, which provides developers with rapid Web
Services deployment capabilities for production-ready applications. The second
is Web Services Behavior for Internet Explorer, enabling Web developers to
aggregate Web Services from multiple Web pages.
Last summer, Microsoft announced version 1.0 of the SOAP
Toolkit for Visual Studio 6.0. In version 2.0, Microsoft made several
enhancements to track to the latest Web Services standards, including full
support for the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), Universal
Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI), and SOAP 1.1. The final release
of version 2.0 will provide developers with the tools and technologies that
will be forward-compatible with the .NET platform. The toolkit will work with
Windows 2000, NT 4.0, Windows 98, and Windows Me, and be fully supported by
Microsoft Product Support Services.
A Microsoft spokesman described the new toolkit as a
The Web Services support technology for Internet Explorer
provides a transparent mechanism for developers to easily use Web Services from
scripts in a Web page to improve many aspects of traditional database-drive Web
design. This support will allow developers to call Web Services as though they
were local applications. – Isaac Slepner
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.