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In case some of you haven't noticed, the www.XML.org news postings have become considerably 
more focused and useful in the last few months.  They are updated daily and have not only 
links, but actual content that is in some cases hidden behind passworded sites.  For 
example, I just noticed:

http://www.xml.org/xml/newsreport_article.shtml?SMContentIndex=28 - "Untangling Web 
Services" [original content asks for a password] "The future reliance of applications on 
Web services may require lots of developer retraining for all but the simplest programs.To 
put it into perspective, the jump is similar to going from procedural programming in DOS to 
event-driven programming under Windows.Development tool companies may have made it easy to 
write and read Web services. But this is like making a car easy to drive - you still have 
to learn the road rules, new methods of coord-ination and a new vigilance towards what's 
going on around you.Sadly, developer courses covering Web services to this level are few 
and far between. And after speaking with vendors, I can tell you nobody really knows how 
the Web services craze will pan out, hence the lack of real information."

http://www.xml.org/xml/newsreport_article.shtml?SMContentIndex=3&SMContentSet=0 "Rogue 
Wave's Ruple tackles Web services deployment" [original content requires a subscription, I 
think]  "Conclusion: Rogue Wave has tapped into what is expected to be a major opportunity, 
that of delivering solutions to bridge the disparate worlds of J2EE and Microsoft .NET, and 
what is sometimes called the 'peer-tier.' IT services companies such as Accenture have 
already begun to develop tools that deliver and bridge these Web services. In addition to 
interoperability and portability, though, Rogue Wave is attempting to address several other 
shortcomings of Web services, including the tight coupling of the architecture due to the 
synchronous nature of RPC and explicitly named endpoints."

[disclaimer: I'm on the XML.org advisory board, so this is somewhat self-serving.  
Nevertheless, the maintainers of the site are EXTREMELY open to suggestion on how to 
further improve its utility for the XML community.]


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