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   RE: [xml-dev] Web Services Best Practice (was: Interesting XML-DI ST-APP

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I've used Visual FoxPro's features to generate WSDL 
and create a web service.   I've not done a lot with 
it except to test it but it makes the process drop 
dead easy.  On the other hand, unless one can actually 
read the WSDL it generates, one can get sucked into 
that black hole.   This to me is like people who 
claimed HTML was so good, they should never have 
to understand what the DOCTYPE was for, shouldn't 
have to worry that they created mal-formed files, 
and so on.  Ease is seductive and productive but 
without understanding, it is hard to know what the 
next best thing is.  Remember all the articles 
squealing about XML as the death of the web 
through balkanization?  I'm not afraid of 
balkanization.  I'm afraid of ossification.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]

I've lost track of meandering of this thead, so this 
may or may not be a response to my suggestion for 
staying away from the proprietary wizard tools for 
building web services.

I'm not sure which side you're on here, but FWIW the 
argument isn't so much against the GUI tools to make 
life easier for real, overworked people, but against 
specs, or designs, or APIs or whatever that FORCE 
real people to use the GUI because the underlying 
complexity is too ugly to comprehend.  

SOAP hasn't reached that point yet, so I'm 
suggesting that if people do use VisualStudio.NET to 
generate their SOAP/WSDL/etc. code, that they make 
VERY sure that they haven't got sucked down the 
lock-in black hole.

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