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   Re: [xml-dev] WSIO vs. Semantic Web

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Hi Simon,

Simon St.Laurent wrote:

> And for those of us more interested in the Web than in the members, it
> may not be such a bad thing to see the hype-meisters of Web Services
> take their toys and go someplace else.
> They might conceivably do less damage to XML and the Web that way, in
> any case.
I guess I'm part of the hype - I've written the chapters, given the demos.

As far as I can see WS is basically sound. There are some potential 
technical problems, but none of them look like show-stoppers to me:

Interoperability is largely but not fully mature - you may get problems 
like different conventions for generating SOAPActions

there may be problems with SOAP being laggy and slow (compared to what now?)

UDDI's query interface feels somewhat ad-hoc and makes various GUIDs too 

None of these problems give WS a competitive disadvantage with any 
existing technology stack. Web Services simply takes us to a new area of 
low-cost interoperability.

Consider the achievement of WS - any connectivity project which has a 
pattern of "X builds a server and describe a protocol; Y builds a 
client; X and Y debug like hell, blame each other and wonder if anyone 
has ever done it before but give up because they wouldn't be able to 
re-use any of it anyway" will become seriously simpler, cheaper and more 

Now if I've overlooked some major technical flaw, or underestimated the 
impact of one, I really would like to know. But right now I can't see 
any problems that can't be solved in stage two, and I don't see how this 
is going to damage XML and the Web.

Is the success or the failure of Web Services that you fear more?



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