IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0 version 1.0.0.1

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The Feature Pack for Web 2.0, version 1.0.0.1 is an optionally installable product extension for IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2, V6.1,V7.0 and WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 and V2.1 Edition that offers targeted, incremental new Web 2.0 features for your Web applications.

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IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0 version 1.0.0.1
The Feature Pack for Web 2.0, version 1.0.0.1 is an updated optionally installable product extension for IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2, V6.1, V7.0 and WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 and V2.1 that offers targeted, incremental new Web 2.0 features for your Web applications.
The Feature Pack for Web 2.0 extends Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by connecting external web services, internal SOA services, and JEE objects into highly-interactive web application interfaces. To reduce IT costs and speed time to market, the Feature Pack for Web 2.0 provides a supported, best-in-class Ajax (Asynchronous Java™Script and XML) development toolkit for WebSphere Application Server. Ajax is an open technique for creating rich user experiences in web-based applications that does not require additional browser plug-ins. Ajax interfaces result in increased customer satisfaction and line of business productivity by streamlining end-user interaction with web-based applications.

Feature Pack for Web 2.0, version 1.0.0.1 Highlights:

  • Updated full-install that supports WebSphere Application Server, version 7.0. The full-install also supports installing to WebSphere Application Server, versions 6.0.2.29 and 6.1.0.19 or later.
  • Updated full-install for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, V2.0 and V2.1
  • A Fix Pack install for existing customers of IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0, version 1.0.0.0. The Fix Pack install upgrades all components of the version 1.0.0.0 install to version 1.0.0.1.
  • Two new samples. SOAPSample and AjaxHello. SOAPSample demonstrates usage of the Ajax-based SOAP client connectivity. AjaxHello is a 'Hello World' style sample that is geared towards first time developers learning how to integrate Web 2.0 functions into J2EE applications.
  • Web 2.0 to SOA Connectivity – For enabling connectivity from Ajax clients and mash-ups to external web services, internal SOA services, and JEE assets. Extends enterprise data to customers and partners through web feeds. This update includes enchancements to RPCAdaper for annotations support, enhancements to AjaxProxy for SSL and border firewall support, performance improvements to JSON4J, and upgraded Abdera 0.4.0 libraries for feed support.
  • Ajax Messaging – For connecting Ajax clients to real-time updated data like stock quotes or instant messaging. The version 1.0.0.1 edition of Ajax Messaging provides failover support, more robust integration with WebSphere Application Server for the z/OS platform, and several performance improvements.
  • Ajax Development Toolkit – Best-in-class Ajax development toolkit for WebSphere Application Server based on Dojo 1.1.1 ( dojotoolkit.org ) with IBM extensions.

Why Ajax?
With Ajax, the interaction model for Web applications has become more robust, like desktop applications, with continuous interaction and improved usability. Some of the benefits of adding Ajax capabilities to your applications include:
  • A more interactive, differentiated experience which can lead to longer sessions and increased customer loyalty
  • Responsive, local actions which can result in fewer abandoned transactions, higher completion rates, and higher end-user productivity
Unlike other rich Web user interface approaches, Ajax applications leverage standard browser features and do not require browser plug-ins.

Web 2.0 to SOA Connectivity
Web 2.0 applications extend the value of SOA through rich user experiences and integration between external and internal content. As a result of technical and browser security limitations, basic connectivity between Ajax clients and SOA services has been complex and expensive to develop. Web 2.0 to SOA connectivity reduces costs and speeds up development by simplifying extension of SOA with Ajax.

Specifically, the Feature Pack for Web 2.0 includes an Ajax proxy component that eliminates browser security concerns with cross-domain scripting when combining internal and external services. Also, JSON4J libraries and web remoting capability simplify connecting directly to JEE services. In order to extend SOA data outside of the enterprise for partners and customers, the Feature Pack provides feed syndication support compliant with standards such as ATOM.

Ajax Messaging
Traditionally, web applications have relied on a request / response model where user action dictated updates to the browser window. In order to enable a more interactive user experience, Ajax applications require a different approach.

Ajax Messaging enables a “publish and subscribe” model whereby the server can stream data updates, messages, and events in real time to the client. Ajax Messaging uses a Comet application pattern without the need for additional client side plug-ins. The package includes server-side and client-side Ajax components that communicate via Ajax friendly JSON based messages.

The end result is that data updates and events can be delivered in real-time to internet browsers from an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) or other message source.

Ajax Development Toolkit
Faced with hundreds of proprietary and open Ajax implementations, developers and architects are faced with yet another tough technology adoption challenge - which Ajax platform will emerge as an enterprise standard? IBM has adopted the open-source Dojo toolkit ( dojotoolkit.org ) as its internal standard, is a key contributor to the Dojo project, and a committed member of the Dojo Foundation. IBM’s commitments to the Dojo project include enterprise features such as internationalization, data binding, and accessibility support.

For WebSphere Application Server V6.0, V6.1, and CE customers, the Feature Pack for Web 2.0 provides the Dojo Toolkit Ajax libraries and IBM Web 2.0 sample applications. Additional IBM extensions to the base Dojo Toolkit include libraries for ATOM data access, analog and bar gauges, and simplified access for SOAP web services.

By providing a supported best-in-class Ajax toolkit for WebSphere customers, the IBM Ajax Development Toolkit speeds up time to market and reduces Ajax adoption costs. Additionally, the Feature Pack for Web 2.0 works with existing developer Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) like IBM Rational Application Developer 7.5.
Hardware Prerequisites
Any hardware that supports WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2, V6.1, or V7.0.

Application Servers supported by the IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2, V6.1, and V7.0
  • WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 and V2.1
The samples and features in the IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0 require one of the following browsers:
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox (currently 2.0+)
  • Latest Webkit Version (Mac OS/X Safari 3)
  • Internet Explorer (Windows) 6.0+

Prerequisite Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) include one of the following:
  • Rational Application Developer V7.5
  • Eclipse V3.2 with Web tools platform (WTP) 1.5.

Additional fixes may be required if using the Web messaging feature:
Refer to the Web 2.0 Release Notes for details.

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More support for:

WebSphere Application Server

Software version:

7.0

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Software edition:

Feature Pack for Web 2.0

Reference #:

1290646

Modified date:

2007-12-20

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