Last month we discussed some integrated development environment (IDE) vendors of Web services. We looked briefly at products from IBM, Microsoft, Software AG, HP and Sun, with links to resources for more detail. This month we will discuss the Microsoft IDE approach further.

Microsoft, IBM and Ariba jointly submitted initial Web services specifications to the W3C for consideration in September 2000. Microsoft is using its .NET initiative (called dot Net) to transform the company ­ moving its software product functionality to the Internet.

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