XML and Web Services In The News - 17 January 2007

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 Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X) and Related Specifications for Review
 BEA Plans to Show Off Runner and Graffiti
 Northern European Countries Target eProcurement Standard Based upon Universal Business Language (UBL) 2.0
 Liberty Alliance Announces Interoperability of Identity Products
 uXcomm Brings SOA Flexibility to Management Framework
 Announcing XFORUM: The XForms Community Forum
 Drupal's Milestone Week

Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X) and Related Specifications for Review
Staff, IESG Announcement
The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) announced that it has received a request to consider a collection of Internet Drafts as IETF Proposed Standards. The IESG plans to make a decision in the next few weeks, and solicits final comments on this action. [1] "Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X)" — Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X) is a semantically equivalent Extensible Markup Language (XML) representation for Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) specifications. ASN.X completely avoids the numerous ambiguities inherent in the ASN.1 language, therefore specifications written in ASN.X are much easier to parse and manage than original ASN.1 specifications. ASN.X, together with the Robust XML Encoding Rules (RXER), constitutes a schema language for XML documents that offers, through other ASN.1 encoding rules, alternative compact binary encodings for XML instance documents." [2] "Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X) Representation of Encoding Instructions for the XML Encoding Rules (XER)" specifies the ASN.X representation of encoding instructions for the XML Encoding Rules (XER). [3] "Encoding Instructions for the Robust XML Encoding Rules (RXER)" defines encoding instructions that may be used in an Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) specification to alter how ASN.1 values are encoded by the Robust XML Encoding Rules (RXER) and Canonical Robust XML Encoding Rules (CRXER), for example, to encode a component of an ASN.1 value as an Extensible Markup Language (XML) attribute rather than as a child element. Some of these encoding instructions also affect how an ASN.1 specification is translated into an Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X) specification. [4] "Abstract Syntax Notation X (ASN.X) Representation of Encoding Instructions for the Generic String Encoding Rules (GSER)" specifies the ASN.X representation of encoding instructions for the (GSER). [5] "Robust XML Encoding Rules (RXER) for Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1)" defines a set of Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) encoding rules, called the Robust XML Encoding Rules or RXER, that produce an Extensible Markup Language (XML) representation for values of any given ASN.1 data type.
See also: the ASN.X spec

BEA Plans to Show Off Runner and Graffiti
Peter Sayer, InfoWorld
New software from BEA Systems for tagging, presenting, and searching enterprise data will be shown in Paris in March 2007. The company will show off the three projects, known by their code names Builder, Graffiti, and Runner, at the Documation show on March 7; products based on the three projects will be made generally available for sale worldwide in June 2007. Graffiti will allow business users to annotate or tag information found on their intranet with descriptions of its content, source or validity. The same tool will then allow them to find information based on its tags, or on the value other users place on it. Runner is designed to allow the rapid integration of nonportal applications into a portal infrastructure, while Builder is a tool for SOA systems such as BEA's Aqualogic platform, allowing users to tap into SOA data sources with relatively little programming effort. Tags are a feature of Web 2.0 social bookmarking sites, such as Flickr or Deli.cio.us . While many commentators have focused on the technology aspects of Web 2.0, such as use of AJAX, the key feature for BEA is allowing user interaction. Although the products will be shown in March, and will go on sale in June, the company has still not decided whether they will be sold separately, or integrated into Aqualogic. In other news, BEA is funding the creation of a new user club in France. The club is aimed at BEA software users from developers up to chief information officers.

Northern European Countries Target eProcurement Standard Based upon OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) 2.0
Staff, eGovernment News
A cooperation of Northern European Countries has agreed on a common implementation of the eProcurement standard UBL 2.0. All European countries are now invited to join the project at a workshop to be held in Brussels on 15 February 2007. Public administrations of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland have formed, with the contribution of the United Kingdom, a cooperation in order to support domestic and cross border electronic trade. The name of the collaboration is NES (Northern European Subset) and its aim is to simplify the use of eProcurement for buyers and suppliers, especially among SMEs. The participating countries have identified the urgent need for an open XML based standard covering the entire procurement process from catalogue to invoice. Such a standard is a prerequisite to reaping the benefits of a full electronic procurement cycle. The open international eProcurement standard UBL 2.0 from OASIS is seen by NES as the standard that can fulfill this at present. The NES countries have therefore made a northern European implementation of UBL 2.0 in order to create a common platform for eProcurement. Implementation guides, business rules and processes show how the participating countries plan to apply UBL. The NES countries see UBL as a stepping stone to a unified eProcurement standard within UN/CEFACT, and are therefore actively involved in the work of converging UBL with UN/CEFACT. UBL and the UN/CEFACT Supply Chain Group (TBG1) began the Convergence Project in July 2006 and have already converged on business requirements for seven documents, including the cross industry invoice. The remaining documents will be converged during 2007. NES also sees a unified European eProcurement standard as an instrument for achieving the goals set in the European Action plan i2010 and is therefore encouraging other European countries to join the cooperation and make the implementation available for use in all EU countries. Development of NES is inspired by two years of active deployment in Denmark that legalized use of UBL under the banner OIOXML.
See also: UBL references

Liberty Alliance Announces Interoperability of Identity Products
Staff, Liberty Announcement
Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium working to build a more trusted Internet for consumers, governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that products from CA, Entr'ouvert, Ericsson, HP, NTT, NTT Software and Symlabs have passed Liberty Alliance testing. With today's testing results, nearly 80 identity products and solutions from vendors around the world have now passed Liberty Alliance testing for SAML 2.0, Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services. Today's news marks the first time Liberty Alliance has tested vendors for interoperability of ID-WSF 2.0, the latest version of Liberty Web Services specifications which was released as final in October 2006. ID-WSF 2.0 includes Liberty People Service, the industry's first open Web services framework that allows consumers and enterprise users in any market segment to manage applications such as calendars, blogs, e-mail, instant messaging and photo sharing in a secure, privacy- respecting and trusted federated social network. Liberty Interoperable products are deployed extensively by governments and businesses worldwide. Organizations can trust that products that have passed Liberty Alliance testing will deploy quickly and can immediately interoperate with other Liberty-enabled technologies. During testing held in France the week of December 4, 2006, the products and services listed below demonstrated interoperability with one or more of the following standards, Liberty Federation, which consists of ID-FF 1.1, 1.2 and SAML 2.0, and Liberty Web Services, which consists of ID-WSF 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and Liberty People Service specifications.
See also: Liberty Alliance references

uXcomm Brings SOA Flexibility to Management Framework
Paula Musich, eWEEK
Systems management platform provider uXcomm has launched a new architecture and products based on it that are designed to be to management applications what SOA is to business applications. The new SOMA (Service-Oriented Management Architecture) and follow-on uXcomm XManage Server Edition and XManage Information Appliance Edition products based on SOMA are aimed at reducing the time it takes manufacturers to develop deep-dive management applications for their products and at easing the integration headache for enterprises trying to link together disparate point tools. SOMA is a SOA implementation for systems management that bridges the gap between different management applications by encapsulating them in XML and allowing them to communicate as one application At the heart of the SOMA architecture is an MSB (Management Service Bus) that provides device makers and software developers with a common communications mechanism. The MSB converts all applications and deploys them as run-time services based on XML. Developers can use the XML-based services to create a full set of management applications or agents that have a request-response interface that allows the MSB to translate and execute management actions between any two transactions. The modularity of the SOMA architecture and the XManage products allow them to be deployed in two ways: as a universal console for aggregated management, control and provisioning for thousands of systems, or as agents deployed on devices.

Announcing XFORUM: The XForms Community Forum
Kurt Cagle, XForms.org Announcement
XForms is definitely beginning to be taken seriously in a number of places. The Mozilla XForms extension is becoming increasingly robust and bodes well to become integrated with Mozilla as "core" technology with the release of Mozilla 3.0. XForms solutions implemented in JavaScript are proliferating as well, the two languages developing a certain synergy that makes it possible to provide at least base-line support in all modern web browsers. Meanwhile XForms is beginning to make its way into consumer devices... When I started XForms.org, my goal was to create a clearinghouse of information and help foster a sense of community for XForms developers. This news portal is a first part of it; we now have support to making this site become the premiere XForms oriented news site on the web. As part of this, I wish to announce 'XFORUM - the XForms Community Forum' — an open source, open standards community forum site built using the superb Simple Machines Forum software. My intention with XFORUM is to create a place where the web developer, IT manager, software vendor, business manager, or general technologist can ask questions, answer questions, promote open source projects and commercial products, shoot the breeze, and otherwise interact about XForms and related technologies. Membership is free and carries no obligation.
See also: XForms.Org

Drupal's Milestone Week
Sean Michael Kerner, InternetNews.com
The Drupal project celebrates two major milestones this week: the release of Drupal 5.0 and the sixth anniversary of the project. It's a long way away from the project's humble beginning in founder Dries Buytaert's dorm room. Drupal 5 introduces a long list of improvements to the venerable open source CMS, including retooled administration pages, a Web-based installer, more logging reports and performance improvements. Buytaert: "With Drupal 5, we focused a lot on improving the user experience," Buytaert explained. "For Drupal 6, I'd like to focus on making Drupal easier to develop and theme for. In addition, I'm really interested in working on Drupal's end-user programming functionality (custom content types, query builder), internationalization and performance." At this point however Buytaert and his cohorts at the Drupal project will first need to see how Drupal 5 gets deployed and used, which will help to shape the requirements and the feature list for the next Drupal. Though Drupal may well be displacing proprietary CMS solutions, competition with either proprietary or open source CMSes is not the focus for Buytaert. Since the open source CMS market is a young market, most projects are growing rather than competing. In the open source world, CMS project are colleagues and not competitors, in Buytaert's opinion. One thing is for certain, though, Drupal has come along way from its humble beginnings. For the Drupal 5 release there were over 492 contributors submitting 1,173 patches.
See also: the web site description

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