The drive has begun for a new generation of Internet commerce architectures.
The stimulus is coming from organizations building customer-oriented e-tail
sites and business-to-business applications. New architectures are needed to
accommodate both sets of requirements. Java's move into enterprise software
development is also a major step toward the development of these new
applications. With the XML revolution, major vendors and organizations have
agreed on XML as the standard for information exchange. This standardization
also requires a change in the way we develop Java-based Web applications.
Java Servlets, the part of enterprise Java responsible for interacting with
HTTP requests, should be able to communicate with any type of delivery
channel such as a customer browser, a PDA/mobile phone or another Web server.
With XML as an intermediate format, you can take da... (more)