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Computer Weekly: B2B Services Offer Travel Information to All

Apr 08, 2003, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Robert Wiseman, chief technology officer at Galileo, said, "Web services are platform agnostic." While XML Select required customers to run a Windows 2000/XP desktop, customers can now use any system to access Galileo, as long as they connect over the web and use Soap and XML.

"XML is used to create what Wiseman describes as "clever middleware" to provide an interface into the airline reservation data stored in Galileo's host computer systems and third-party data feeds. The web services are run in the "business logic" layer of the Galileo architecture, and communicate via the XML middleware.

"As a cost driver, Wiseman said, 'We are looking to deploy Linux wherever we can using commodity PC servers.' This has meant that the business logic layer will run a mixture of Linux and Unix and the open source Jakata Tomcat application server from the Apache Software Foundation, which supports Java servlet and Java Server..."

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