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   Re: [xml-dev] WSIO vs. Semantic Web - Setting the Record Straight

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"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote:
> Prove me wrong, please.  Otherwise, "The Web" is also
> irrelevant.  What we need from HTML and URIs, we already
> have.  What we need from XML, the WSIO is standardizing.

Microsoft tried to go up against the Web once and lost. You can argue
that it was because the other big companies like Sun etc. bet on the Web
while Microsoft bet on BlackBerry. I believe it was because Microsoft
didn't understand the technology of the Web. Now they want to make the
same mistake, and like all of those early BlackBerry developers you will
follow them through a wild goose chase.

If the choice was between CORBA and COM and SOAP and XML-RPC then I'd
believe that big businesses could go off to a smoke-filled room and
choose the winner. But the choice is between a way that doesn't work
(one in which addressing and linking and thus WEB SERVICE COMBINATION is
difficult or impossible) and one that does work (in which addressing and
linking are first-class concepts). In that situation, it isn't
technologists arguing between slightly better and worse solutions. It's
rather technologists setting themselves up to say: "I told you so" two
years from now.

 Paul Prescod


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