Sharepoint & Netbeans Pipedream?
Now we’ve decided, not me the ROYAL WE that we want to use Microsoft Sharepoint for certain applications. So rather than spend a fortune on .net I’ve been looking at if it’s possible to write Web Parts with Netbeans. This sounds a little crazy I know but lets just look at it.
A web part is composed of a “Web part Description file” .dwp and a .NET assembly or .dll file. Now this sounds like at the first instance we are stuck since java ofcourse produces “JAR” files not “.DLL” files. The second problem is that even if we were to “wrap” the Java in a DLL it would not be as good as say running a Glassfish server with java server faces native.
Then I discover that we can use WSDL to talk to share point! http://www.infoq.com/articles/swanson-moss-web-services suggests that we can use soap to talk to sharepoint (cleanly!) which is fantastic. So I’m going to explore that and then post here on how we can actually do the job.
In fact the URL’s are listed here http://www.developer.com/tech/article.php/3104621 and as the Netbeans IDE has a way to consume web services it’s simply a matter of giving it a go.