Microsoft Updates Tools for Building Web Services

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 “bridging technology.”

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

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