Microsoft Extends XML Web Services Support in .NET Enterprise Servers Through Visual Studio .NET

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced toolkits for Microsoft® SQL Server™ and BizTalk™
Server that enhance the native XML Web services capabilities of two of its industry-leading .NET Enterprise Servers. The toolkits, dubbed the SQL Server 2000 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET and the BizTalk Server 2002 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET, are freely downloadable add-ons that empower developers to quickly and easily create and integrate XML Web services with their enterprise server environments. XML Web services allow businesses to connect their computing assets regardless of vendor, platform or programming language, enabling deeper digital relationships with customers and partners. XML Web services also provide the flexibility to adapt to business and market changes and capture new revenue opportunities.

“.NET is about helping enterprise customers fully participate in the increasingly connected world of the digital decade, as well as get more value from their existing technology investments,”
said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of .NET Enterprise Servers at Microsoft.
“The new toolkits for SQL Server and BizTalk Server, along with the Commerce Server 2002 beta and the Exchange 2000 Server Developer Enablement Kit, represent a quantum leap forward for the .NET Enterprise Server family in delivering against .NET.”

SQL Server 2000 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET

The SQL Server 2000 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET enables developers to easily build XML Web services that extend the capabilities of applications built on SQL Server 2000:

  • Developers can quickly build XML Web services on SQL Server 2000 to share data and applications securely both inside and outside the firewall.

  • Support can be added for XML Web services (or .NET) incrementally, without writing code for the data tier or reconfiguring SQL Server. Developers can make existing stored procedures or server-side XML templates available as XML Web services, enabling quicker, easier deployment.

  • XML Web services built with SQL Server and Visual Studio® .NET dramatically improve business efficiency by enabling systems with differing protocols to effectively communicate and perform routine business functions.

The SQL Server 2000 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET also includes white papers, code samples and documentation to quickly bring developers up to speed in building XML Web services with SQL Server 2000 and Visual Studio .NET. The toolkit is available for immediate download at .

BizTalk Server 2002 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET

Through its integration with Visual Studio .NET, the BizTalk Server 2002 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET provides additional support for orchestrating XML Web services. This integration enables developers to use BizTalk Server components in the Visual Studio .NET development environment as well as turn BizTalk Server business processes into XML Web services. The toolkit offers a number of features for working with XML Web services, including the following:

  • Seamless access is available from any managed language supported by the .NET Framework. All the interfaces and object models of BizTalk Server can be accessed seamlessly from any managed language.

  • Samples demonstrate how to integrate BizTalk Server with Common Language Runtime (CLR) elements. A sample integration component illustrates the interface necessary for custom code to communicate with BizTalk as well as a sample processor that illustrates how to use managed code before BizTalk takes over processing.

  • Examples and design guidelines available for creating scalable and available XML Web services include design patterns for leveraging synchronous processing, asynchronous processing and sync-on-async processing.

The BizTalk Server 2002 Web Services Toolkit for Microsoft .NET ships with BizTalk Server 2002 also is available for download at

Visual Studio .NET Integration With Exchange Server and Commerce Server

Last month, Microsoft announced the beta release of Commerce Server 2002, which provides a suite of tools integrated with Visual Studio .NET to help jump-start the development of .NET-based Commerce Server applications. Commerce Server 2002 enables developers to create Commerce Server applications using ASP.NET and the .NET Framework with an Application Runtime, Base Class Library and CLR Interoperability Layer, allowing ASP.NET applications to benefit from core Commerce Server services and systems.

More than 25,000 copies of the Exchange 2000 Server Developer Enablement Kit have been ordered and distributed since its release in October 2001. The kit allows developers to jump-start the design and development of XML Web services using Exchange and includes sample Exchange-based XML Web services, white papers on how to develop XML Web services and a code-centered training guide. In addition, more than 18,000 developers have downloaded the December 2001 Exchange Software Development Kit (SDK) from MSDN® that includes a new Visual Studio .NET sample application.

About the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers

The .NET Enterprise Servers are Microsofts comprehensive family of server applications for building, deploying and managing next-generation integrated Web experiences that move beyond todays world of standalone Web sites. Designed with mission-critical performance in mind, .NET Enterprise Servers will provide fast time to market as well as scalability, reliability and manageability for the global, Web-enabled enterprise. They have been built from the ground up for interoperability using open Web standards such as XML. The .NET Enterprise Servers are a key part of Microsofts broader .NET strategy, which will enable a distributed computing model for the Internet based on Internet protocols and standards to revolutionize the way computers talk to one another on our behalf.

About Microsoft

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) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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