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Caching Strategy Design for WebSphere Commerce, Part 1
In Part 1 of this series, you learn about caching implementations of a CDN network on a WebSphere Commerce Server (WCS), caching strategy, system operations, and code design and implementation with respect of the CDN caching network. Additional parts of the CDN learning series will be available soon.
25 Sep 2014
Top 12 IBM Integration Bus articles
Here are 12 of the most popular IBM Integration Bus articles published on developerWorks since the product was introduced in the summer of 2013. For additional IBM Integration Bus articles and resources, see the bottom of this article.
10 Sep 2014
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 6: Grant type scenario for authorization codes
Part 6 of this multi-part series describes WebSphere DataPower Appliance support for the OAuth 2.0 authorization code grant type. It covers configuration for both the authorization server and the enforcement point.
01 Sep 2014
Resource monitoring in WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition provides an enterprise-class platform for managed file transfer operations. Resource monitors in MQ FTE let you send a file from any directory or queue, and perform various operations on the file being sent or received.
27 Aug 2014
Using the IBM Integration Bus EmailInput node in your ESB
Starting with WebSphere Message Broker V7, the EmailInput node has enabled you to provide input to a message flow via an e-mail, and the functionality remains the same in IBM Integration Bus V9. This article provides a simple example with the e-mail consisting of either text or a single attachment, and describes possible issues when you are processing more complex e-mail messages. It also shows you how to configure IBM Integration Bus to use the EmailInput node.
Also available in: Chinese  
20 Aug 2014
Jumping through Hadoop: Stream Big Data video on a mobile app by integrating IBM Worklight with IBM InfoSphere BigInsights on IBM Bluemix
This article explains how you can integrate video data streaming with a mobile application. In doing so, it also highlights some of the business problems addressed and opportunities available by using several cutting-edge technologies: IBM InfoSphere BigInsights on IBM Bluemix and IBM Worklight. This is an example of a compelling trend that demands cloud service integration of big data to mobile devices for video streaming.
13 Aug 2014
Configuring WebSphere Service Registry and Repository to create policies from templates
This article explains the advantages of using templates to create policies in WSRR, and then uses an example to show you how to do so.
13 Aug 2014
Federate IBM SmartCloud for Social Business with your organization by using WebSphere DataPower
One of the most common challenges when integrating cloud-based offerings with your company is identity federation. In this article, you will learn how to federate your company repository with IBM SmartCloud for Social Business using WebSphere DataPower to provide a single sign-on (SSO) service between different security domains.
06 Aug 2014
IBM PureApplication System backup and restore, Part 2: System backup
Part 2 in this series of articles that look at different aspects of backup and restore on IBM PureApplication System provides details for workload administrators on how to back up the workload catalog (patterns, and so on) and the data in applications running in the cloud.
Also available in: Spanish  
01 Aug 2014
Using WebSphere DataPower policy enforcement analytics for SOA governance
Starting with WebSphere DataPower V5.0, new policy enforcement metrics were added to the existing Web Services Management monitoring service details. This information is key to implementing a proper SOA feedback loop architecture. This article explains how mediation metrics might be used to complement existing policy enforcement management tasks.
01 Aug 2014
How IBM PureApplication System uses DNS to deploy workloads onto the data center's network
IBM PureApplication System uses DNS to locate resources on the network so that it can connect to them. This article describes how PureApplication System uses DNS, what queries it expects DNS to be able to answer, what happens when the system can’t use DNS properly, and more.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Jul 2014
Reporting and report libraries with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 3: Reporting hints and tips
This article series shows you how to use WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) Studio to create BIRT reports that show the contents of services within WSRR, as well as how to deploy them directly to WSRR and how to view them using the WSRR Report Viewer. The article series focuses on using the supplied WSRR data source to create reports, instead of the more generic XML data source, and it explains how to modify existing reports, such as those supplied in previous articles and in an IBM RedPaper, to work with WSRR Report Viewer.
30 Jul 2014
Reporting and report libraries with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 2: Report groupings and charts
This article series shows you how to use WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) Studio to create BIRT reports that show the contents of services within WSRR, as well as how to deploy them directly to WSRR and how to view them using the WSRR Report Viewer. The article series focuses on using the supplied WSRR data source to create reports, instead of the more generic XML data source, and it explains how to modify existing reports, such as those supplied in previous articles and in an IBM RedPaper, to work with WSRR Report Viewer.
30 Jul 2014
Comment lines: Software solution resiliency guidelines can help prevent bad behavior
Unit testing, system functional testing, performance testing, and the like have traditionally been the only kind of testing that is performed in some form or fashion when implementing a new or updated system. Unfortunately, often overlooked is resiliency testing. The result is that when resiliency issues surface, operations, administration, network, systems, and database personnel all scramble to find the root cause. This typically leads to a relatively lengthy project to ensure the solution becomes - and stays - resilient. This article offers guidelines you can follow to ensure the IT solution is more resilient to environmental changes.
30 Jul 2014
A tour of the hardware in IBM PureApplication System: The second generation
This article reviews the second generation of IBM PureApplication System hardware, with an emphasis on what's new or different from the first generation. It describes the hardware components contained in the various models, hardware improvements, and more.
30 Jul 2014
Comment lines: Loose coupling with Context and Dependency Injection
Loose coupling with the Service Provider pattern enables new classes to be added without the need for any application code changes. This is possible using Context and Dependency Injection (CDI), part of Java EE 6 that is simple to implement and provides several advantages including the ability for you to create pluggable content.
30 Jul 2014
How WebSphere Application Server V8.x handles poison messages
This article describes how IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 8.x handles poison JMS messages, looks at the behaviour of both the default messaging provider and the IBM WebSphere MQ messaging provider, and provides information on how the default behaviour can be changed.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Jul 2014
Comparing BlockIP2 with Channel Authentication Records for WebSphere MQ Security
In this article you will find useful information for keeping WebSphere MQ channels secured with WebSphere MQ product features rather than relying on third-party tools that may lack official support. You will be guided through samples on how to implement channel authentication records, a new feature introduced in IBM WebSphere MQ V7.1 for improving the overall security of your MQ environment.
24 Jul 2014
Reporting and report libraries with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 1: Building a sample report
This article series shows you how to use WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) Studio to create BIRT reports that show the contents of services within WSRR, as well as how to deploy them directly to WSRR and how to view them using the WSRR Report Viewer. The article focuses on using the supplied WSRR data source to create reports, instead of the more generic XML data source. It also explains how to modify existing reports, such as those supplied in previous articles and in an IBM RedPaper, to work with WSRR Report Viewer.
Also available in: Chinese  
23 Jul 2014
Integrate your applications using IBM Bluemix MQ Light Service
Build web or mobile applications using MQ Light, a new message service based on IBM Bluemix. You can use MQ Light as a queuing service to send single messages to individual recipients by way of queues, or as a publish/subscribe broker to send notifications to multiple recipients.
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21 Jul 2014
Using WebSphere DataPower with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository REST services: Part 2: Using DataPower and the WS-MediationPolicy to enforce policies attached to a REST service
WebSphere DataPower 6 and WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) V8 fix pack 2 (V8.0.0.2) have new capabilities for doing dynamic lookup of web service endpoints stored in WSRR. This article explores the new features enabled by a new version of the WS-MediationPolicy policy specification.
Also available in: Chinese  
17 Jul 2014
IBM Global Security Kit, Version 8 - PKCS#11 device integration
This article describes the hardware cryptographic devices that support the PKCS#11 standard and have been tested for use with IBM Global Security Toolkit (GSKit), Version 8.
Also available in: Portuguese  
15 Jul 2014
Making better business decisions with analytics and business rules
This article provides an overview of how predictive analytics and business rules can be used together for better business outcomes. A banking example illustrates how IBM decision management products might be used for smarter business processes.
Also available in: Chinese  
09 Jul 2014
Troubleshooting WebSphere MQ installation issues
IBM WebSphere MQ introduces new features and functions with every release, and therefore troubleshooting installation and operational issues can be a challenge. This article shows you how to address WebSphere MQ installation issues, provides OS-specific commands to obtain diagnostic information on them, and describes workarounds when appropriate.
Also available in: Chinese  
09 Jul 2014
Configuring Microsoft Visual Studio with WebSphere MQ to compile MQ applications on Windows
Microsoft Visual Studio is widely used on Windows to compile applications, but configuring Visual Studio with WebSphere MQ is challenging. This article shows you how to configure and compile WebSphere MQ applications using the Visual Studio GUI.
Also available in: Chinese  
09 Jul 2014
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 5: Grant type scenario for client credentials
Part 5 of this multi-part series describes WebSphere DataPower Appliance support for the OAuth 2.0 client credential grant type. It covers configuration of both the authorization server and the enforcement point.
01 Jul 2014
Advanced security hardening in WebSphere Application Server V7, V8 and V8.5, Part 1: Overview and approach to security hardening
Security consists of more than just some firewalls at the edge of your network protecting you from the outside. It is a difficult and complex set of actions and procedures that strive to strengthen your systems as much as is appropriate. This article discusses many aspects of security in general, including the IBM® WebSphere® Application Server security architecture, and discusses hardening a WebSphere Application Server environment. This updated article has been significantly revised for WebSphere Application Server V7, 8.0, and 8.5, and has been edited to focus solely on hardening. Part 1 of 2.
Also available in: Chinese   Japanese  
01 Jul 2014
Improve scalability with the SessionCache service
Explore building applications in Bluemix and using the SessionCache service. You can use SessionCache service for clustering and load balancing to help with scalability and performance improvement.
Also available in: Chinese   Japanese  
30 Jun 2014
Use the IBM Bluemix DataCache service in a Node.js app
This article explains how to use the IBM Bluemix DataCache service in a Node.js application. It also provides a client library that you can extend and use in other Node.js applications hosted on Bluemix.
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29 Jun 2014
Explore the eXtreme Scale-based caching service options in IBM PureApplication System
Caching services are a popular solution to address performance and scalability issues for cloud enterprise applications. Explore three caching options available with the IBM PureApplication System cloud system: One built-in, one based on WebSphere eXtreme Scale that uses a virtual system pattern on a cluster, and one based on eXtreme Scale that uses a VSP with a core OS image.
28 Jun 2014
High availability with IBM MessageSight and MQTT client applications
IBM MessageSight is a messaging appliance for machine-to-machine and mobile environments, with full support for the MQTT V3.1 messaging protocol. This article shows you how to use the open-source Paho MQTT Eclipse project with a highly available (HA) pair of IBM MessageSight appliances to provide a resilient messaging solution.
25 Jun 2014
Implementing the side cache pattern with IBM Integration Bus and IBM WebSphere DataPower XC10
IBM Integration Bus V9 supports two methods of caching data -- an embedded global cache (embedded version of WebSphere eXtreme Scale), or an external grid. When connecting to an external grid, IBM Integration Bus hosts the WebSphere eXtreme Scale client, and therefore a separate WebSphere eXtreme Scale installation or an appliance is required, such as a WebSphere DataPower XC10 appliance. This article shows you how to configure IBM Integration Bus with a WebSphere DataPower XC10 appliance and back-end relational database management system to implement a side cache pattern, and describes how this configuration can reduce response time and improve performance.
Also available in: Chinese  
25 Jun 2014
Securing connectivity between WebSphere Cast Iron Database connector and a database
This article describes how to configure a Database connector in WebSphere Cast Iron Studio for secure SSL connection, how to import secure certificates from a DB2 database, and how to execute the orchestration securely.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Jun 2014
Securing IBM Integration Bus on z/OS without changing the integration node configuration
This article shows you how to configure AT-TLS for IBM Integration Bus message flows on z/OS, including the policy agent and TCP/IP stack configuration on z/OS. Simple HTTP-based message flows let you quickly test the setup from a distributed system such as Windows server.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Jun 2014
ECB Resource Monitor PUT10 Enhancements on z/TPF
The latest changes to the entry control block (ECB) resource monitor on IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility (z/TPF) give the users more flexibility to define and retrieve resource usages in the system. This article gives an introduction to the enhancements in APAR PJ40979. It also provides a tutorial on how to configure your system and take advantage of the new features.
Also available in: Chinese  
11 Jun 2014
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 4: Grant type scenario for resource owner password credentials
Part 4 of this multi-part series describes WebSphere DataPower Appliance support for the OAuth 2.0 resource owner password credential grant type. It covers configuration for both the authorization server and the resource server.
Also available in: Portuguese  
01 Jun 2014
Adoption Scenarios for IBM PureApplication System
Download this comprehensive role- and task-based guidebook designed to help all users and organizations be successful with IBM PureApplication System. Organized by goal-defining stories, use cases, and tasks, the information you need to predictably and reliably achieve your objectives with PureApplication System can be found with one starting point.
Also available in: Chinese   Japanese  
29 May 2014
Efficient, scalable caching using ESQL shared variables in WebSphere Message Broker and IBM Integration Bus
ESQL shared variables are often used to cache the contents of database tables in WebSphere Message Broker and IBM Integration Bus. The problem with this approach is that ESQL SELECT operations perform sequential searches, which become progressively slower as the cache grows. This article introduces a new way of structuring the cache that scales well, remaining faster than accessing the database even when exceeding 10,000 rows. The new cache structure is transparent to applications, so you can safely convert existing caches, and significantly reduce response time and CPU usage.
Also available in: Chinese  
21 May 2014
Developing an Axis2 Java handler for the CICS web service client pipeline
This article uses sample code to show you how to develop an Axis2 Java handler to use in the CICS web service client pipeline. The Java handler makes SOAP processing eligible for offloading to an IBM System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP).
14 May 2014
Integrating IBM Mobile Web Push with WebSphere Commerce
Integrate IBM Mobile Web Push into your WebSphere Commerce marketing platform, then use it to create an inbox of marketing offers.
12 May 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 2: WebSphere Commerce test scenario - Random browse
Part 2 of this three-part article series describes the ways to implement browsing an IBM WebSphere Commerce catalog with Rational Performance Tester. Throughout this part, a full example from the design to the implementation of the test is presented. The example is based on the Aurora starter store with Search enabled.
07 May 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 1: Designing tests with Rational Performance Tester
Part 1 of this three-part article series guides you through best practices for developing tests using Rational Performance Tester and how to implement common scenarios for IBM WebSphere Commerce. Rational Performance Tester is a tool that can simulate e-commerce workloads to help measure application performance and identify bottlenecks. Test design approaches and problem determination are described.
07 May 2014
WebSphere Commerce Performance Tests with Rational Performance Tester, Part 3: Problem determination
Part 3 of this three-part article series describes where some common test errors occur and how to determine the problem.
07 May 2014
Q & A: Frequently asked questions about WebSphere Application Server security
Because the integrity of your processing environment is at stake, questions about security must be answered as quickly as possible. To that end, this article provides quick, direct answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about IBM WebSphere Application Server security.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian   Japanese   Spanish  
01 May 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 1: Scenarios and configuration
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 1 describes a number of IIB/WSRR integration scenarios, shows you how to configure IIB to communicate with WSRR using a number of different nodes, and describes resources that will be used in Parts 2 through 9 to demonstrate IIB/WSRR integration capabilities.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 7: Configuring the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository cache in IBM Integration Bus
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 7 describes the configuration and behavior of the cache used by the Endpoint Lookup and Registry Lookup nodes, including how the cache supports efficient look-up of previously retrieved WSRR artifacts, and how to make this data available to production systems.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 8: SLA checking using the HTTPRequest node
Combining IBM Integration Bus with WSRR lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 8 shows you how to use the HTTP Request node to dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to check that a service consumer is authorized to invoke the target service.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 9: Workload Management policy integration
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 9 shows you how to create and manage IIB Workload Management (WLM) policies in WSRR, and how to use the JMS Input node in a message flow to automatically synchronize policy changes with IIB.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 6: Service gateway and registry lookup scenarios
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 6 shows you how to use the Endpoint Lookup and Registry Lookup nodes to implement a message flow that can act as a service gateway in your SOA environment, analyzing the service request and then querying WSRR to determine how to route the request to the correct service provider.
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 5: Performing SLA checks at runtime and registry lookup scenarios
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 5 shows you how to use the Registry Lookup node to dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR, and use this metadata to check that a service consumer is authorized to invoke the target service.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 4: Service transformation and registry lookup scenarios
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 4 shows you how to use the Registry Lookup node to dynamically retrieve XSL transforms from WSRR and apply them to messages in a flow at runtime.
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 3: Endpoint lookup scenarios
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 3 shows you how to use the Endpoint Lookup node to dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use this metadata to route service requests at run time, including the ability to route around problem endpoints when an error occurs.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Integrating IBM Integration Bus with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository: Part 2: WebSphere Service Registry and Repository nodes in IBM Integration Bus
Combining IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) lets you dynamically retrieve service metadata from WSRR and use it to modify message flow behavior at runtime. This article series shows you how to integrate the two products, and provides samples that address several significant business problems. Part 2 describes the Enpoint Lookup and Registry Lookup nodes in detail.
Also available in: Chinese  
30 Apr 2014
Configuring the IBM HTTP Server to work with WebSphere Commerce Developer
This tutorial describes how to install and configure IBM HTTP Server to work with the WebSphere Commerce development environment, which is helpful for search engine optimization schemes, web performance tuning, and proxy rerouting of requests.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Apr 2014
IBM PureApplication System backup and restore, Part 3: Workload backup
IBM PureApplication System is a cloud computing system-in-a-box with integrated hardware and software for deploying and executing workloads in a cloud. As with other systems, administrators should maintain a current set of backups of the system and its workloads. While the system backup feature in PureApplication System captures the system’s configuration, other backup techniques are needed if you need to recreate or restore cloud, workload, or data components at a more granular level. This article explains how to backup workload components, and also how to add configuration to patterns so that their pattern instances will backup their application data.
Also available in: Japanese  
09 Apr 2014
Real world, real urgency: How IBM Worklight, MQ and WebSphere Message Broker deliver near real-time 911 call data to emergency responders
In an emergency, seconds count. Providing information to emergency responders even before they’re dispatched to the scene can mean the difference between life and death. Delivering that information quickly and reliably requires careful planning and the right combination of technologies. This article provides a case study of a real world emergency mobile web application developed with a combination of IBM Worklight, IBM MQ and IBM WebSphere Message Broker technologies for a specialized rescue team in a major urban police department.
09 Apr 2014
Using WebSphere Cast Iron Studio PGP activity with external PGP utilities
The CryptoService Activity introduced in WebSphere Cast Iron 7.0 lets you encrypt and decrypt content with PGP. While it is possible to decrypt the content encrypted by Cast Iron in the application itself, there are times when a user might want to encrypt content in Cast Iron but decrypt it in an external tool or vice versa. This article focuses on these interoperability concerns.
08 Apr 2014
Smarter healthcare: Integrating mobile technologies and decision management
Integrating disparate systems to provide timely information at the point of care is a critical aspect of improving patient care in today's healthcare environment. Using the right combination of technologies for integration, mobile applications, and operational intelligence can unlock the potential held within the voluminous information that flows between systems today, ultimately improving quality of care and even patient outcomes. This article shows how the combination of IBM Integration Bus, IBM Operational Decision Manager, and mobile applications built with IBM Worklight can work together to achieve these goals.
Also available in: Russian  
02 Apr 2014
Best practices for designing and implementing decision services, Part 3: Integrating IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Operational Decision Manager RESTful protocol
Decision service is quite a buzz term, you even see product features with such a name. As a solution architect or developer, you may have seen the need to go outside of pure product play, and think about designing and implementing such services so they can be easily maintained and consumed. This article addresses design and implementation best practices for a decision service using IBM Business Processs Manager V7.5 Advanced Edition and WebSphere Operational Decision Server. The article presents key points to consider during the design of a rule-based decision service, so that it follows best practices and fits properly in a large IT architecture.
02 Apr 2014
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 3: Form login policies and the role of AAA
Part 3 of this multi-part article series discusses DataPower AAA policies, form login policies, and their role in supporting the OAuth 2.0 protocol. Since the form login policy provides value beyond its OAuth role, a form-based authentication service proxy is implemented with a multi-protocol gateway to demonstrate how the AAA policies and form login polices work together. As mentioned in Part 2, the WTS wizard is employed in a form-based OAuth scenario to demonstrate the automation of many of the manual MPGW steps.
01 Apr 2014
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 2: Introducing the Web Token Service
Part 2 of this multi-part article series provides an introduction to the WebSphere® DataPower Web Token Service (WTS). The WTS is an authentication and token mediation service used to implement the authorization server role within an OAuth scenario. We’ll demonstrate how to configure and debug a WTS. We’ll also provide an introduction to the forms-based login policy that can be used within Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing (AAA) policies associated with the WTS to produce login and associated forms.
Also available in: Portuguese  
01 Apr 2014
Adapt the IBM Global Security Kit for Suite B and FIPS compliance
Get detailed configuration options for both the native code and Java versions of the IBM Global Security Kit (GSKit) utilities in this white paper by Oktawian Powązka. Also, learn to configure and use the utilities to be as FIPS and Suite B compliant as possible.
01 Apr 2014
Deliver an exceptional mobile web experience using WebSphere Portal and IBM Worklight, Part 7: Leveraging web content in a mobile app using Worklight
Building on Part 6 of this series on integrating IBM® WebSphere® Portal with IBM Worklight®, this article explains how you can leverage web content meta data and dynamic rules running inside of IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager in an IBM Worklight mobile application. By leveraging the rules defined in Web Content Manager, you have one central place where business users and marketers can define promotions, and other dynamic and personalized content. This retail store example shows how you can combine the native geo-location feature of a mobile device with Web Content Manager's dynamic personalization rules that offer content based on the current user's context, location, or history. This opens up the possibility of a whole new set of applications that can be implemented using Worklight and Web Content Manager together, while keeping the content, its meta data, and the rules stored in Web Content Manager.
26 Mar 2014
Generate DITA Java API reference documentation using DITADoclet and DITA API specialization
Combine DITADoclet and DITA API specialization to save time and still produce quality API documentation directly from the Java source code.
Also available in: Japanese  
17 Mar 2014
A flexible and scalable WebSphere MQ topology pattern: Part 3: Workload-balanced WebSphere MQ client connections for SCA applications
Part 3 of this article series contains SCA code examples to create workload-balanced client connections to a WebSphere MQ queue manager cluster configured as an MQ hub – the "flexible and scalable topology pattern" described in Part 1.
12 Mar 2014
Implementing high availability when connecting WebSphere Business Integration for Financial Networks to a SWIFT Secure IP Network
This article shows you how to set up high availability for FIN and MSIF services when connecting WebSphere Business Integration for Financial Networks to a SWIFT network.
05 Mar 2014
Implementing OAuth on IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances, Part 1: Introducing OAuth 2.0 support in DataPower
This article is the first in a multi-part series of articles describing OAuth support on WebSphere DataPower Appliances. Part 1 starts with an overview of OAuth and then describes DataPower support for OAuth roles. The rest of the article series will go into detail on several aspects of OAuth and DataPower usage and configuration.
Also available in: Portuguese  
01 Mar 2014
Comment lines: The development project balancing act
Managing a lengthy, expansive development project is neither easy nor straightforward. This article highlights some of the lessons learned from my experience working as a team lead on a production support team maintaining a large web application for a commercial business. Specifically, this article discusses several challenges related to how the releases were managed, and the changes that were introduced to enhance productivity and quality.
Also available in: Chinese  
26 Feb 2014
Implementing build time JPA enhancement with WebSphere Application Server
This article presents a process for setting up build time JPA enhancement in IBM Rational development products, using only the libraries provided by IBM WebSphere Application Server. Build time enhancement can reduce startup times and provide seemless support for transferring JPA entities between JPA applications and non-JPA clients.
Also available in: Chinese  
26 Feb 2014
Using WebSphere DataPower as a push notification proxy for Worklight mobile applications
IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances are built for simplified deployment and hardened security, bridging multiple protocols, and performing conversions at wire speed. These capabilities help you achieve and maintain security and operational polices. Often used as a reverse proxy and security gateway for handling inbound traffic into an enterprise, DataPower can also be used as a gateway for outbound connections to facilitate monitoring and routing. IBM Worklight makes outbound connections to notification mediators in order to push notifications for mobile applications. This article explains how you can setup DataPower to act as a push notification proxy.
Also available in: Chinese  
26 Feb 2014
IBM PureApplication System backup and restore, Part 1: Recovery scenarios
IBM PureApplication System is a cloud computing system-in-a-box with integrated hardware and software for deploying and executing workloads in a cloud. As with other systems, administrators should maintain a current set of backups of the system and its workloads. While the system backup feature in PureApplication System captures the system’s configuration, other backup techniques are needed if you need to recreate or restore cloud, workload, or data components at a more granular level. This series of articles look at different aspects of backup and restore on PureApplication System, and Part 1 begins with an overview of the recovery scenarios for which you should be prepared.
Also available in: Spanish  
26 Feb 2014
Injecting custom code into Virtual Application Patterns with IBM PureApplication System
This article shows you how to build a Virtual Application Pattern (VAP) plug-in to inject custom code into existing VAPs at pattern deployment time. This technique lets you customize or extend a VAP without changing the pattern code or definition, and run your custom code on the VAP instances.
Also available in: Chinese  
19 Feb 2014
Customer enactment in WebSphere Commerce with APIs
IBM WebSphere Commerce provides APIs that allow administrators to perform customer enactment in the system. Learn how you can leverage these APIs to implement customer enactment in a Madisons store with little customization. The article also exposes the order locking concept and its behavior in the customer enactment flow.
Also available in: Chinese  
14 Feb 2014
Deliver an exceptional mobile web experience using WebSphere Portal and IBM Worklight, Part 6: Feed web content from IBM Web Content Manager to a Worklight mobile app
This article describes how you can develop an IBM Worklight mobile application that displays web content from an IBM WebSphere Portal server, while leveraging the advantages of a web content management system such as IBM Web Content Manager. This article provides an example that displays web content feeds from IBM Web Content Manager in a hybrid mobile application created with IBM Worklight.
12 Feb 2014
Creating plug-ins for virtual application patterns, Part 2: Extending and customizing existing pattern types
A virtual application pattern defines an abstract application model that is disconnected from the underlying topology. What if you want to enable your solution as a virtual application pattern, but it requires additional functionality not offered by the plug-ins in the existing pattern types? In this case, you need an extension to the out-of-the-box functionality, as explained in Part 2 of this series. This third article of the series gives you a concrete, hands-on example on how to extend and customize an existing pattern type.
Also available in: Japanese  
11 Feb 2014
Comment lines: Tom Alcott: Everything you always wanted to know about WebSphere Application Server but were afraid to ask -- Part 3
Answers to more very frequently asked questions about IBM WebSphere Application Server, including how to run it over multiple data centers, which JDK to use, and why (and when) you should migrate to Version V6.1.
Also available in: Chinese  
07 Feb 2014
The WebSphere Contrarian: Options for accelerating application deployment
Looking for ways to speed up application deployment in IBM WebSphere Application Server? In this installment, The WebSphere Contrarian outlines how applications are deployed and offers options for accelerating the deployment process.
Also available in: Chinese  
07 Feb 2014
Creating plug-ins for virtual application patterns, Part 1: An introduction
Part 1 of this article series teaches you how to develop plug-ins for virtual application patterns in IBM Workload Deployer and IBM PureApplication Systems. The examples presented here are also applicable to IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Services. This article walks you through a simple example as it teaches you key concepts necessary to begin developing plug-ins and pattern types.
Also available in: Chinese  
01 Feb 2014
Deliver an exceptional mobile web experience using WebSphere Portal and IBM Worklight V6.0, Part 2: Integrating multiple device support for WebSphere Portal pages
IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM’s Exceptional Web Experience solutions have been the market leader in web experience for more than a decade. IBM Worklight is a new, complete mobile enterprise application platform for delivering native, hybrid, and web applications. This article explains how to enable support for both Android and iOS smartphone applications during the enablement of WebSphere Portal and Worklight integration. This exercise augments the sample presented in Part 1 and demonstrates how to build an iPhone application and dynamically include the appropriate Worklight V6.0 resources.
Also available in: Russian   Japanese  
29 Jan 2014
Getting started with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository V8: Part 2
This article series shows you two ways to populate WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (hereafter called Service Registry) with existing web services information. Part 1 shows you how to use a sample Java application to load information from a spreadsheet, for customers who have maintained their web service information in a spreadsheet before purchasing WSRR. Part 2 shows you how to use the Service Registry Service Discovery feature.
29 Jan 2014
Securing JSON payloads using WebSphere DataPower Appliances
Learn different methods to secure a JSON payload transmitted in a REST-based architecture. These methods preserve the privacy of the payload regardless of the transport protocol. You will also learn how to encrypt both the entire payload or only select elements.
29 Jan 2014
Getting started with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository V8: Part 1
This article shows you two ways to populate WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (hereafter called Service Registry) with existing web services information. Part 1 shows you how to use a sample Java application to load information from a spreadsheet (for customers who have maintained their web service information in a spreadsheet before purchasing WSRR. Part 2 shows you how to use the WSRR Service Discovery feature.
22 Jan 2014
LDAP as a Naming Service in Enterprise Application Integration
In enterprise integrations, applications across different systems are integrated by various means and techniques. In such large-scale integration, there is a need to identify the key integration components or elements and maintain them in a secure centralized location that provides easy and dynamic access. Here, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is used as a naming service to discover most of the common integration elements. LDAP satisfies the needs and challenges that are faced in a typical integration scenario. The article explains how the LDAP-based naming service is used for application integration. The scenario explains how the JMS queue adapter of IBM Sterling B2B Integrator is integrated with another downstream system, WebSphere MQ. The JMS adapter application looks up the OpenLDAP registry for key integration elements, such as queue connection details. Using these integration parameters, the JMS adapter connects to the appropriate queue in WebSphere MQ and delivers the message.
20 Jan 2014
WebSphere Adapter for Flat Files - a technical deep dive, Part 1: How to configure for inbound processing
This 2-part article series describes a customer solution that extensively used the inbound and outbound processing of WebSphere Adapter for Flat Files. Part 1 explains how to sequence and order the files and the different possibilities to configure the polling mechanism.
15 Jan 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
15 Jan 2014
Overlapping WebSphere MQ V7.5 clusters for high availability
This article shows you how to create a high-availability (HA) WebSphere MQ implementation using overlapping clusters and the namelist. It also shows you how to test the setup by creating an alias queue on the bridge queue manager.
15 Jan 2014
WebSphere Adapter for Flat Files - a technical deep dive, Part 2: How to configure for parallel outbound processing and archiving
This 2-part article series describes a customer solution that extensively used the inbound and outbound process of WebSphere Adapter for Flat Files. Part 2 explains how outbound processing to the same file works and describes the archiving behavior of inbound processing.
15 Jan 2014
Retrying failed back-end system operations with IBM Integration Bus
This article shows you how to develop a component to retry back-end system operations that has minimum impact on the performance of your main message flow. The simple, asynchronous component takes advantage of new IBM Integration Bus node capabilities.
08 Jan 2014
Implement responsive web design using WebSphere Portal, Part 3: Developing multi-channel portlets
Responsive Web Design (RWD) ensures a seamless user experience across multiple device types and form factors. For a truly adaptive and holistic site experience across devices, a responsive portlet user interface is essential. In this article, we discuss some of the more common yet complex portlet UIs and show how to use WebSphere Portal V8.0.0.1 to make them render seamlessly across devices, without having to maintain multiple code bases for each device type.
07 Jan 2014
Deliver an exceptional mobile web experience using WebSphere Portal and IBM Worklight V6.0, Part 1: Integrating a hybrid mobile application with WebSphere Portal pages
IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM’s Exceptional Web Experience solutions have been the market leader in web experience for more than a decade. IBM Worklight is a new, complete mobile enterprise application platform for delivering native, hybrid, and web applications. This article explains how WebSphere Portal and Worklight together enable enterprise users to provide multi-channel site support to their web communities. An exercise using IBM Worklight Developer Edition 6.0 to build a hybrid Android application for viewing WebSphere Portal pages is included.
Also available in: Russian   Portuguese  
01 Jan 2014
Transactional behavior of WebSphere SAP Adapter
This article explains the transactional behavior of WebSphere SAP Adapter when used with IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Integration Bus. It also describes the transactional use of WebSphere SAP Adapter functions such as Wait on Commit, and Reset Property.
27 Dec 2013
Configuring role-based security with the IBM Integration Bus V9 web user interface
This article walks you through the IBM Integration Bus V9 web user interface and shows you how to configure role-based security to control access to a broker and its resources on the web user interface.
27 Dec 2013
Loading IBM Integration Bus configuration data from a file using the FileRead node and shared variables
This article shows you how to read IBM Integration Bus V9 configuration data from a file and load it to memory for faster access in message flows. Topics include the purpose of loading data to memory, solution design, and sample implementation.
27 Dec 2013
Loading IBM Integration Bus configuration data from a file using the FileRead node and shared variables
This article shows you how to read IBM Integration Bus V9 configuration data from a file and load it to memory for faster access in message flows. Topics include the purpose of loading data to memory, solution design, and sample implementation.
27 Dec 2013
Rational Application Developer enhancements for WebSphere Optimized Local Adapters present new opportunities for end to end EIS integration
Enhancements to IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V9.0.1 added new capabilities for application integration between disparate enterprise environments, such as those made up of IBM WebSphere Application Server, CICS, IMS, and batch processing on z/OS, and environments that contain SAP, Oracle, Seibel, and other IBM WebSphere Adapter-supported enterprise information systems. Support for optimized local adapters is now included in Rational Application Developer, offering optimized bi-directional calling between WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and external address space applications on the same z/OS system. Combining optimized local adapters with the WebSphere Adapters support presents many new opportunities for real time interactions between applications and environments that were too complex to realistically handle in the past. This article presents one such scenario, in which a CICS application uses optimized local adapters and WebSphere Application Server for z/OS to communicate with applications running on SAP servers.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Dec 2013
Build your own cloud sandbox, Part 3: Configuring an IBM Workload Deployer virtual appliance
This article continues our discussion from Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on how to build and configure your own cloud sandbox using a Workload Deployer virtual appliance. After securing IBM Workload Deployer (IWD), as covered in Part 2, you are ready to continue configuring the appliance. This article explains how to define cloud resources such as IP groups, cloud groups, hypervisors, and environment profiles. As illustrated in Parts 1 and 2, the terms Virtual Pattern Kit for Developers (VPKD), IWD, and Workload Deployer are used interchangeably throughout this series. This series complements the Navigating the IBM Cloud article series.
Also available in: Russian  
18 Dec 2013
Parallel invocation of synchronous services in WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus
This article describes the design pattern for the parallel invocation of synchronous services using the aggregation function available for WebSphere ESB mediation flows. It takes you from learning about the basic mediation primitives to optimizing ESB performance.
18 Dec 2013
An introduction to service mapping: Integrating evolving web services in WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5
SOAs and web services evolve over time — new versions of services are deployed or brand new services must be integrated with existing clients. Typically, development effort must be expended to ensure that web service clients continue to work with the web service providers. IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 and IBM Rational Application Developer V9.0 introduce service mapping, a feature that enables you to remove the dependence of the service client on both the location and interface of the service provider via the interception, routing, and transformation of requests and responses between service clients and service providers. This article explains the concepts of service mapping and provides a working example, showing how multiple versions of a service provider can be called by the original service client via the development and use of service mapping technologies.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Dec 2013
Conquering complexity: Achieve easy front end authentication with DataPower and HTML form-based login
IBM WebSphere DataPower firmware as of version 3.8.1 supports HTML forms-based login authentication, which is the ability to display an HTML form into which a browser user will provide credentials (such as a username and password) that will then be used to authenticate his access to a web application. This first installment of a new recurring column explores this functionality in some detail and provides functional examples of how HTML forms-based login can be deployed with DataPower to protect your web applications.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 Dec 2013
Best practices for converting wsadmin scripts from Jacl to Jython
This article describes best practices for manual and automatic conversion of Jacl script to Jython. Jacl and Jython are types of WebSphereAdministration Scripting (wsadmin scripts), which is the preferred way to manage servers and applications on WebSphere Application Server. Of the two types of wsadmin scripts, Jython is the preferred scripting method since WebSphere Application Server V7. Future investment will focus on Jython as development on Jacl stabilizes. Thus, to ease future maintenance, convert your wsadmin scripts from Jacl to Jython.
13 Dec 2013

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