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Sun Leads Even in the Web Services Tool Category

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3. Microsoft® MapPoint® Web Service

The MapPoint Web Service is a programmable Web service hosted by Microsoft and used by enterprises and independent software developers to integrate location-based services, such as maps, driving directions, and proximity searches into software applications and business processes. The MapPoint Web Service also provides an extensive set of mapping-related content such as business listings and points of interest (POI) that can be used within applications. MapPoint Web Service does not require large financial investments or a high-level of expertise in geographic information system (GIS) technologies, which have been traditional barriers associated with developing LBS applications.



Features of MapPoint® 3.5

  • Finding addresses
  • Finding non-addressable places
  • Reverse geocoding
  • Customizing locations
  • Routing
  • Map rendering

Reasons for selection

  • Provides powerful mapping capabilities for integrating locations into business solutions
  • Delivers a cost-effective investment by removing the IT management burden
  • Enables developers with common developer tools and builds upon a standards-based programming model
  • Delivers a service-level commitment with at least 99.9% uptime and guaranteed response time of less than one second per map (as measured inside Microsoft’s data center)


MapPoint Web Service Download


NuSOAP is a group of PHP classes that allows developers to create and consume SOAP Web services. It does not require any special PHP extensions, which makes it usable by all PHP developers, regardless of ISP, server, or platform.


NuSOAP is an open source project provided by NuSphere and Dietrich Ayala.


  • Support for WSDL 1.1
  • SSL support
  • HTTP proxy support
  • SOAP 1.1 support
  • Support for document/literal and rpc/encoded services

Reasons for selection

  • Stability
  • Ease of use
  • Flexibility


Both source code and binaries can be downloaded from SourceForge.

5. ParaSoft SOAPtestTM

Parasoft SOAPtest is a comprehensive tool for Testing Web services. It provides functionalities such as WSDL validation, unit and functional testing of the client, and server and performance testing. SOAPtest also addresses key Web service issues such as interoperability, security, change management, and scalability. SOAPtest is available for Windows 2000/XP, Linux, and Solaris.



Features of SOAPtest 3.0

  • WSDL schema verification and compliance to standards
  • Automatic test creation using WSDL and HTTP Traffic
  • Data-driven testing through data sources (Excel, CSV, Database Queries, and so on)
  • Scenario-based testing through XML Data Bank and Test Suite Logic
  • Flexible scripting with Java, JavaScript, and Python
  • WS-I Conformance: Basic Profile 1.1
  • WS-Security, SAML, Username Token, X.509, XML Encryption, and XML Signature support
  • MIME Attachment support
  • Asynchronous Testing: JMS, Parlay (X), SCP, WS-Addressing support
  • Windows Perfmon, SNMP, and JMX Monitors
  • Detailed Report generation in HTML, XML, and Text formats
  • Real-Time graphs and charts

Reasons for selection

  • Perform series of comprehensive WSDL tests that verify every aspect of the WSDL document
  • Test and verify client/server functionality before deployment
  • Ensure the reliability, quality, security, and interoperability of Web service
  • Verify data integrity and server/client functionality
  • Identify server capabilities under stress and load
  • Uniform test suites can be rolled over from unit testing to functional testing to load testing
  • Prevent errors, pinpoint weaknesses, and stress test long before deployment
  • Accelerate time to market


Parasoft SOAPtest 3.0 Download

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