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Encore Program Overview

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why is it important ?



HP CSF delivers a development framework that supports the interoperability of Java application services and the reuse of software components which together help to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and risks and hasten time-to-market.


who will benefit


Developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) will be able to leverage the framework as a foundation for the next generation of service-centric applications.

CSF is a framework (specification) for removing the complexities of constructing server-based applications. It is the underlying infrastructure that provides a core set of services such as naming and directory services, management services, logging services, security services, etc.

HP CSF gives developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) an open-standards framework that supports the interoperability of Java application services and the reuse of software components.

Java's success can leave developers scrambling to keep pace with the platform's rapid evolution. Meanwhile, they must continue to deliver compelling business solutions that won't be outdated by the time they're deployed.

More information

» core service framework tech guide (1.66MB pdf)
» core services framework developers guide (566KB .pdf)
» java services framework white paper (152KB .pdf)
» core services framework spec sheet (96KB .pdf)
» core services framework architecture diagram (136KB .pdf)
» listener service architecture diagram (132KB .pdf)
» mapper service architecture diagram (132KB .pdf)
» servlet container service architecture diagram (132KB .pdf)
Encore Program Information
HP is committed to helping the Java community meet this challenge head-on by making service-centric applications faster and easier to develop, integrate and deploy, while expanding the market for those solutions.

HP CSF allows developers to embed their application components within a Java standardized framework or embed the framework inside their applications. For developers, the payoff is the rapid, modular inclusion of new Java services and APIs into new and existing applications to meet pressing business demands and shorten application times to market.

HP CSF will further the development and adoption of Java applications by providing a common framework that defines how Java services interoperate with each other and with legacy systems. In addition to interoperability, the framework defines practices for code reuse and sharing, streamlined development, and a uniform approach to the life cycle, management and configuration of application services.

Designed from the ground up to capitalize on the reuse of large components in systems development, HP CSF facilitates the development of service-centric applications from a set of independent, but cooperating components or services. The framework defines the life cycle of these services, as well as how they may locate and interact with each other. In addition, the framework supports the run-time configuration and management of these services.

Application services built within HP CSF can be reused and shared to assemble aggregate applications tailored to specific business domains. The flexibility to reuse services and add new services easily, addresses developers' needs to compete in the rapidly evolving, service-centric application marketplace.

HP CSF removes the complexities of developing service-based applications by providing the core set of services that those applications require, including naming and directory, management, logging, and security services. HP CSF also defines a common life cycle for all applications services. The two embedding mechanisms are integral, allowing HP CSF applications to be embedded within DBMSs, applications, servers, devices, and appliances; and other applications to be embedded into HP CSF applications.

As a Java standards-based framework, HP CSF supports all the resource managers and services that could be required by Java developers. It includes the following core application programming interfaces (APIs): Java Management Extension (JMX), Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI), and Java API for XML Parsing (JAXP). HP CSF will continue to support new Java APIs as they are added to the JSR 111 specification.
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