New Web Services Package Beta Release from Wolfram Research
May 29, 2003--Wolfram Research is inviting users to try the beta version of its
new Web Services Package, which
allows users to interact with web services in Mathematica. With Web
Services Package 1.0, Mathematica
users can dynamically access new data and functionality located on the network,
creating an automatic extension to the
Mathematica environment. The release of Web Services Package
is yet another demonstration of Wolfram
Research's commitment to providing freely available, cutting-edge technology and
support to fulfill the needs of the Mathematica community.
The emerging web services technology provides programmatic interfaces that are
used for application-to-application
communication on a network, thereby enabling the integration of code from two
applications with completely different
languages and platforms. Web Services Package 1.0 is a Mathematica
application that integrates
Mathematica and web services by letting a user call web services from
Mathematica in a completely transparent way.
Web Services Package gives Mathematica users access to additional
data and processing services, such as
geographical data, financial data, remote calculation, language translation, file
conversion, and Wolfram Research
online information services, from directly within Mathematica. The package
maps web service operations into
Mathematica functions that may be called by Mathematica users.
Based on standardized, widely used technologies such as XML and HTTP, web services
technology works by sending XML
messages over HTTP to interfaces located on the network. These interfaces
are XML based, and thus generally platform
and language independent, making it quite practical to integrate diverse
applications. The package also uses
Mathematica's J/Link connection technology to invoke calls that
send requests to web service operations via HTTP.
Web Services Package 1.0 requires Mathematica 4.2 and is
supported on all platforms that J/Link
supports. It is a free package that can be downloaded from the Wolfram Research
website. To request Web
Services Package 1.0 beta or to see additional product information,
visit the product pages.