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   Re: RE: [xml-dev] WSIO (was Re: [xml-dev] Categories of Web Service mess

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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" :~)


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