REST web services have become increasingly popular with both web and enterprise developers. Interoperability
is a key goal of AppFabric and based on the feedback from the community, the November 2009 CTP release of
AppFabric has simplified the approach to ACS so that access control scenarios integrate well with REST.
The approach is also designed to continue to appeal to all developers that want an easy way to take advantage
of Service Bus and Access Control Service or use these services from non-Microsoft platforms.
The latest AppFabric CTP focuses on making some key design changes to the Service Bus (SB) and the Access
Control Services (ACS). With the November CTP, the Service Bus and the Access Control Service now include the
feature set that will be available when we enter commercial availability early next year.
Updates and changes for the November CTP are:
Access Control Service: With the November CTP, focus is on addressing the large, unmet need around access
control for REST web services and delivering a robust infrastructure for REST web services authorization and support.
Service Bus: The Service Bus now offers message buffers to support persistent, asynchronous messaging. It also
provides for more "clients" and "services" per solution, as well as an increased number of connections per solution
To find out more about the AppFabric November 2009 CTP, please refer to the AppFabric
As we align the AppFabric SDK for Java Developers with the AppFabric features and programming style
for this milestone, there are a few changes to the AppFabric SDK for Java that should be noted:
In line with the changes in the AppFabric, with this CTP we have moved to a largely REST friendly API
for Access Control and Service Bus. . Meanwhile, AppFabric remains committed to the ongoing goals of
enabling SSO and authorization for websites, supporting WS-*, and federating with a greater variety of web
and enterprise identity providers, in a future release.
The Supply Chain Management sample application has been replaced with a Sales Dashboard application that
is better suited to demonstrate the capabilities of the AppFabric SDK
We sincerely hope that you will find the AppFabric for Java Developers SDK useful and look forward
to your feedback