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Industry's First Web Services Diagnostics System: Mindreef SOAPscope Personal 1.0
Industry's First Web Services Diagnostics System: Mindreef SOAPscope Personal 1.0

(December 3, 2002) - Debugging Web services is different than debugging other types of applications, even classic distributed systems. When components are running on disparate systems spread across departmental or corporate boundaries, even simple problems can be very difficult to isolate. To address the challenges of isolating and solving problems of applications built with Web services, Mindreef, LLC has produced the industry's first Web services diagnostics system: Mindreef SOAPscope Personal 1.0.

SOAPscope Personal 1.0 is an easy-to-use, platform-independent diagnostics aid for developers, testers, and application support technicians. It provides a scalable logger and intelligent viewer for SOAP-based Web services, enabling users to track and troubleshoot problems such as errant data, performance issues, and interoperability issues.

Every Web services developer and tester needs a logging and viewing tool in their toolbox to track down problems that manifest on the wire. Until now, no one has focused on this area. By combining flexible connection options, scalable logging, Web services protocol awareness and ease of use, SOAPscope Personal fills this void.

"Any developer considering deploying a Web service-based solution with components from more than one vendor would be well advised to call Mindreef first, said Sam Ruby, Board of Directors, Apache Software Foundation.

Mindreef SOAPscope Personal 1.0 collects information about SOAP transactions, using it to provide visibility and insight into Web services communications. Key product features include:

  • Logging: Most logging tools store the data in memory or a flat file. SOAPscope Personal stores the log in an embedded relational database. This gives users greater flexibility when slicing, dicing, and filtering to quickly locate the target messages. By embedding the database Mindreef has made installation and administration simple.

  • Connection: SOAPscope Personal offers two ways to hook into the SOAP stream for logging. Sniffer mode allows for quick and easy start-up without any code modification. For finer grained data collecting or for situations where users don t have access to a sniffable network entry point, SOAPscope Personal also supports proxy mode.

  • Pseudocode View: Pseudocode View simplifies the interpretation of XML in a SOAP packet or a WSDL file. It can reduce pages of tedious, complex XML to a few lines of pseudocode.

  • Modify/Resend: Sometimes a Web service may not behave as expected and users may want to experiment with different values. If source code is accessible the user must rebuild for each try. If source code is not available, it's a tougher problem. With Modify/Resend users can try new values and re-send the SOAP packet to the service without leaving SOAPscope. Modify/Resend also allows for ad hoc testing of boundary and error conditions. And since the endpoint can be modified, it can be used to quickly test a service that has just been updated.

  • Debugging Annotations: SOAPscope's Debugging Annotations feature puts debug output statements in the log, providing message context and eliminating the need to identify what client or thread was active when the debug statement was output.

    Mindreef SOAPscope Personal 1.0 is priced at $99 and is available immediately for download at www.mindreef.com. Mindreef SOAPscope Professional and Team 1.0 editions are expected to be available in Q1 2003.

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    Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1

    It's not clear to me how many folks are using anything more than "print" statements and debuggers to find problems. Polling my local Java users group showed few people using Log4J, for example.

    Do we need yet another debugger (YAD)?

    How do all these different debugging systems/methodologies integrate together? Not very well!




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