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E-Commerce vendor ShopSite has released ShopSite 7.1. The Orem, Utah-based company is adding XML support, digital hard copy gift certificates, and two new payment gateways, YourPay and WorldPay, along with security initiatives. This gives its small and medium-sized business clients - says ShopSite - more autonomy, flexibility, and extends their e-commerce presence. David Hills, ShopSite's CEO, emphasized the company's commitment to creating user-friendly software. "The new features have been designed to meet ShopSite's strict ease-of-use requirements," he said. "Perhaps best of all, there is no charge to get the new features when a merchant upgrades from 7.0 to 7.1" ShopSite has thrived by allowing customers, unfamiliar with online programming, to manage their Web services, Hills explains. "No programming skills are required to use ShopSite, and it's free of any HTM... (more)

Web Services Gateways: Layer 7 Introduces 64-bit SOA Web Services Gateway for XML Performance

“Performance demands for XML and Web services Gateways has risen substantially over the past four years," said Dimitri Sirota (pictured), VP Marketing and Alliances, Layer 7 Technologies, as Layer 7 today introduced the first 64-bit Web services Gateway with ASIC-based XML security acceleration. Designed for high-volume transaction environments and emerging Enterprise Service Buses (ESB), the SecureSpan Gateway, XSpeed edition combines Layer 7’s patent pending Policy Driven XML Stream Processor with Tarari’s next-generation XML ASIC on a performance-optimized 64... (more)

Zimbra Launches Its Network Collaboration Suite for Mac OS X Based on AJAX Technology

Zimbra, a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today announced the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition for Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" and Mac OS X Server version 10.4 "Tiger." The Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a leading open-source enterprise-grade email and collaboration solution and the Mac OS X version of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite includes support for iCal, Apple Mail clients and Xserve RAID storage. Zimbra Collaboration Suite is cross-platform, with support for end-users on Macintosh, Windows, and Linux. Zimbra Collaboration Suite a... (more)

OOXML Passes To Next ISO Standardization Hurdle

Office Open XML (OOXML), Microsoft's answer to the upstart open source Open Document Format (ODF), has passed to the next hurdle on its way to fast-track ISO standardization just like ODF: a five-month-long ballot by the national members of ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that stays open until September 2. Microsoft critics claim OOXML standardization is unnecessary because ODF is already an ISO standard. Meanwhile, ECMA secretary general Jan van den Beld, who saw the chance of standardizing Java slip through his fingers and got the Microsoft franchise ... (more)

Interview with Charles Allen

XML-J: webMethods has been making big waves in the XML and B2B industry. Tell us how you got into this highly competitive field. Allen: In early 1997 webMethods submitted the specification for WIDL (Web Interface Definition Language) to the W3C. It was the same year webMethods shipped the first commercial product supporting XML. In 1998 webMethods and Microsoft coauthored the specification for XQL, which was derived in large part from the work webMethods pioneered in developing a compact syntax for querying HTML and XML documents. Since webMethods' mission from inception was to m... (more)