SANTA CRUZ, CA, June 1, 2004 - Developers in Evans Data's new Spring 2004 Web Services Development Survey have demonstrated a marked preference for using SSL, or Secure Socket Layers, to implement security for Web services transactions. Seven out of ten respondents expect to use SSL for Web services interactions and 35% also plan to use XML Encryption followed by XML Digital Signatures at 33%.
"SSL was originally designed for business-to-consumer transactions on the Internet. However, SSL is gaining a new role, as seventy percent of respondents expect to use the security mechanism for Web services interactions as well," said Joe McKendrick, an analyst with Evans Data. "The problem is that SSL does not provide the audit trail that is required for most B2B transactions. The use of digital signatures provides that audit trail and 79% of developers using digital signatures are using it in conjunction with SSL."
Other findings from the May 2004 survey of more than 500 developers currently involved with Web services:
- The most important aspects of a Web services development environment are: support for the latest standards (such as standards for security and reliability), good integration with specific Web or application servers, debugging & test features and robust & usable GUI's.
- Just over one in five respondents are either currently building Web services to support wireless deployments or plan to start development within a few months. PDAs are the device most likely to benefit most from Web services applications
- While developers are evenly divided between supporting the two main Web services architectures – Java/J2EE/J2SE and .NET, seven out of ten respondents feel that support of multiple operating systems is more important than support for multiple languages – a significant nod to the role of JVM. Microsoft has positioned CLR as an environment that can run a large range of languages – from C# to Visual Basic, C/C++, even Cobol or RPG. However, relatively few respondents use CLR for languages other than C#.
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