Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AS2Box.net is looking for BETA testers...

I have been too optimistic, and now, I am depressed... Not a single hit on the sign up page :-/

The idea of AS2Box.net is to provide a WebDAV folder, simply accessible from the Windows Explorer, from which you can send and receive file with the AS2 transport protocol. You just need to:

  1. Sign up at AS2Box.net by providing: (*)
    1. Your AS2 identifier, which you can freely choose
    2. The URL of your partner
    3. The AS2 identifier of your partner
    4. The certificate of your partner, containing his public key
  2. (*) Before entering connection information form your trading partner, have a try with a test AS2 server, see http://www.as2box.net/help.html.

  3. Then, you will receive an e-mail, which you can directly forward to your partner, containing:
    1. Your AS2 identifier (the one you have chosen)
    2. Your URL
    3. Your certificate, containing your public key
  4. You will then be able to send files by simply copying them into the folder "http://as2box.net/<Your Account>/Outgoing", the file will be sent to your partner, renamed and moved to "http://as2box.net/<Your Account>/Outgoing/Archive", and the MDNs received will be there as well.
  5. You receive files from your trading partner directly into "http://as2box.net/<Your Account>/Incoming", and the MDNs sent will be there as well.

Sign up at http://www.as2box.net/.

Many thanks in advance for your help ;-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Babelabout has launched AS2Box.net

Babelabout has launched today the BETA version of AS2Box.net, a simple on-line solution for transfering files with AS2. Now, AS2 is simple ;-)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

AS2 Restart "mechanism" implemented in a simple prototype!

As mentioned in my previous post below, the AS2 Restart should not be too complex since the specification http://www.ietf.org/id/draft-harding-as2-restart-00.txt is only 7 pages long ;-)

Indeed, the checkpoint/restart mechanism is not too difficult to implement. I have create a little VBScript prototype within my BabelAS2 open source project, you can find it at http://code.google.com/p/babelas2/source/detail?r=13.
Do not hesitate to send any questions/feedback/comments to babelabout@gmail.com.

For now, I still need to package my Receive.asp script within BabelAS2 version 0.03. I have to explain how to configure IIS :-/ But then, within BabelAS2 version 0.04, I should be able to deliver the probably first implementation of AS2 Restart as sepicifed within http://www.ietf.org/id/draft-harding-as2-restart-00.txt!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AS2 Restart, let's do it ;-)

When I read, on the 2009-11-12, the press release from the Drummond Group about AS2 restart, I did not pay much attention. AS2 Restart is a new draft specification started by a group of vendors (Axway, SEEBURGER, Inovis and Cleo Communications that addresses the needs to successfully exchange AS2 messages with very large payloads.

But, after having read the new post New AS2 Restart and the Fall of the Berlin Wall from Steve Keifer, I think I should have a closer look to it ;-)

The current draft specification for AS2 Restart (http://www.ietf.org/id/draft-harding-as2-restart-00.txt),which has been submitted to the IETF EDIINT (AS2) working group, is quite short, 7 pages, let's read it carefully...

BabelAS2 Test Server is available

I have just finished my "Receive.asp" script - see http://code.google.com/p/babelas2/source/browse/trunk/Receive/Receive.asp - I will package it within BabelAS2 version 0.03, but the configuration of IIS requires some explanations.

I have already installed and configured it on my server - let's name it the BabelAS2 Test Server see details at http://www.babelabout.com/babelas2.html.

It would be great if you could test it with your preferred AS2 client ;-) And, please send us an e-mail at babelabout@gmail.com if you have trouble sending data.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BabelAS2 version 0.02 is available for download

You can download BabelAS2 version 0.02, which is pre-configured to send messages to the mendelson AS2 test server at

Google: http://babelas2.googlecode.com/files/BabelAS2.v0.02.zip

SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/babelas2/files/BabelAS2.v0.02.zip/download

The issue #1 - Error occurs in line 135: "'Event.Util' could not be created." - has been fixed.

Monday, November 9, 2009

BabelAS2 works with mendelson AS2 test server

Yes, I knew mendelson opensource AS2 software for quite some time, but I have only discovered their on-line mendelson AS2 test server last Friday. Finally, a way to "independently" test my code, and guess what, it works! - after the correction of one small bug (see line #35).

Go to http://babelas2.googlecode.com/files/BabelAS2.v0.01.zip to download the version 0.01 of BabelAS2, which is pre-configured to send messages to the mendelson AS2 test server.

To monitor the data entries on the mendelson AS2 test server, just point your browser to http://as2.mendelson-e-c.com:8080/webas2 with user: guest and password: guest

Thanks to the mendelson team!