Web Development Briefs: W3C, SOAP, Vignette, webMethods

Web Development Briefs: W3C, SOAP, Vignette, webMethods

SOAP spec progresses

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has published a working draft for the SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) 1.2 standard.

SOAP, a key Web services standard, is a data transfer protocol for sending and receiving XML information.

The major enhancements under SOAP 1.2 include compliance with the W3C Schema Recommendation and the use of XML Namespaces. The recommendations provide developers with more pertinent information to help them build more interoperable and extensible applications.

SOAP 1.2 will not break SOAP 1.1 and upgrading will be a nominal rewrite that only affects a small part of the system. So companies that already have a SOAP 1.1 implementation will not need to rewrite the back-end logic or the actual Web service.

Vignette goes it alone

Vignette has won a tender to supply its platform and applications to the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, but has no plans to bring in any channel partners for the lucrative contract.

While many of the vendor's recent deals involved partners such as Fujitsu Australia and Solution 6, Vignette has gone it alone to develop and deploy the government's new business entry point,'s Roger Walker told ARN in May that a flurry of government contracts were on the way for the vendor. "Government is a key focus for Vignette and it is experiencing strong demand from this sector," he said.

B2B vendors cut back

Yet another B2B software vendor is warning of a big loss for the quarter and announcing workforce cutbacks to lower spending. webMethods has disclosed that its fiscal first quarter deficit will be significantly larger than expected due to a revenue shortfall, expecting a loss of between $US4.2-4.7 million. webMethods blamed spending slowdowns by corporate customers and said it plans to lay off about 160 of its

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