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   Plumbing versus semantics...

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...from the current InfoWorld rag, CTO Survival column:

"Software is an opinion about how a business should run.  It's expressed
in code rather than English, but it's an opinion nonetheless.  So when you
buy software from multiple vendors [or have different teams develop
applications independently as is so common in large organizations] you're
buying differing opinions.  Interfaces are where they clash.  To state the
obvious:  technology can't resolve a difference of opinions".  - Bob Lewis

He was talking about Web Services not being the magic bullet for all EAI 
ills...which most battle-scarred IT veterans already know.  It would apply 
equally to many XML technologies.

I thought it a nice way to sum up the plumbing versus semantics discussions 
that have been raging on this list.

Andrzej Jan Taramina
Chaeron Corporation: Enterprise System Solutions

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