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2/7/2002 5:02:00 PM, Michael Brennan <Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com> wrote:
> I get the distinct impression that web services
>specs are the hostage of a heated vendor war to be the first to really rake
>in bucks selling web service tools and servers. The vendors are thrashing
>about in a frenzy looking for that quick rubber stamp on a "standard
>compliant" label they can stick to their products.
This is a "is the glass half full or half empty" question in my mind. At
this point, real interoperability counts more than a Standards Compliant
label. Look at it on the bright side; 10 years ago everyone would be forming
their own pet "standards" organization and not giving two cents about
interoperability. Or perhaps issuing dueling press releases proclaiming that
We implement the true standard and They don't. The Web (and we do have to
give the W3C a lot of credit here) raised the bar considerably -- it's
considered "standard" if it interoperates.
At this point the reality is that it is very hard to build interoperable web
services. Both Windows and Java are so deeply embedded in almost every
organization that the hype has to become reality before they money flows.
The W3C, OASIS, ebXML, and the various specialized consortia can't solve the
problem individually or manage to work together to solve it collectively, so
the vendors created a Yet Another Consortium to sort it all out. Situation
Normal ... you know the rest of the acronym. And yes, in 5 years somebody
else will have to come along and sort out the mess that WSIO creates, but
such is life.
It's a sad day when eternal pessimists such as moi are sending out the
message "take heart, it could be MUCH worse" :~)