Reliable Web services

NOW THAT WE ALL AGREE Web services must converse in a loosely coupled and asynchronous manner, it's clear that message-oriented middleware has a vital role to play. SOAP traffic usually cruises the HTTP highway, but it doesn't have to. We've talked to developers who are hitching rides on WebSphere MQ (formerly MQSeries), Microsoft Message Queue and JMS (Java Message Service). Even as the traditional messaging vendors reach out to the Web, upstarts such as Kenamea and KnowNow are building prototypes of what could become a Web-native messaging layer. These new products bring the classic benefits -- queueing, guaranteed exactly once delivery, and transactions -- across the Web and all the way down to the desktop. [Full story at]

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