Bulletproofing Web Applications

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Most organizations that use Linux as a business operating system are developing their own applications for Linux - perhaps in response to the current scarcity of packaged applications available on Linux. With so much internal development for Linux, it is critical that the IT groups building your Linux-based applications have a means to efficiently produce reliable code. If they don't, you will jeopardize the very reliability and cost-effectiveness that most organizations are trying to achieve by turning to Linux. However, most development teams follow a development process that is far from efficient, and the applications they provide typically experience functionality problems and security weaknesses that require patches, updates, and redeployments. In fact, most IT organizations waste a great deal of their time, effort, and resources fixing what is essentially the... (more)

Bulletproof Web Services

Web services are gaining industry-wide acceptance and usage. They are moving from proof-of-concept deployments to actual usage in mission-critical enterprise applications. While Web services allow businesses to connect to partners and customers, the same flexibility and connectivity provide an increased opportunity for errors. As companies and consumers rely more on Web services, it is increasingly important for Web services developers to know how to properly design, develop, deploy, and ultimately manage a Web services system. However, because of the inherent complexities that ... (more)

What Issues to Look Out For as You Move from Java to Web Services

The creation and popularity of Web Services are growing rapidly in every industry. With this continued growth, more and more programmers find themselves writing code that, even if it's not currently packaged as a Web Service, will eventually be exposed as one. As more enterprises move toward an e-business strategy, communication and integration of existing information systems is key. When integrating existing information systems with Web Services, enterprises will usually face one of the following two scenarios: The enterprise information system is comprised of legacy systems. To... (more)

SOA Best Practices - Four Steps to Securing Your Web Services

Dr Adam Kolowa (pictured), Founder & CEO of Parasoft and panelist at SYS-CON Events'  "SOA Web Services Power Panel" at SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo - June 5-6, 2006 - in New York City, writes: Security has the inherent nature of spanning many different layers of a Web Services system. Web Services vulnerabilities can be present in the operating system, the network, the database, the Web server, the application server, the XML parser, the Web Services implementation stack, the application code, the XML firewall, the Web Service monitoring or management appliance, or just... (more)

Choosing the Best Testing Tools to Increase Project Productivity

The primary mission of information technology is to improve business processes and increase profits. Companies are constantly rethinking and struggling with how to use IT to a competitive advantage, reduce IT operating and maintenance costs, and reduce the total cost of ownership… all while attempting to deliver increased value. Most of these problems can be traced to the same source: the struggle to make software work - without incurring unreasonable costs. Thus, it all seems to lead back to cost, which raises the question of why software development is so costly. Most p... (more)