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> From: Robin Berjon [mailto:email@example.com]
> The fact is that the programming world is driven by mediocrity.
> Genuine mediocrity, ie not actual poorness but simply code of low
> or moderate quality.
Accepted. That doesn't explain much here. It might explain how SOAP
itself, or Java, or C# come into being, as enabling tools for the
mediocre. But in choosing a SOAP API, over extending an existing
URL API to return 'richer' data structures; _if_ there is poorness
or low quality, it's that of design, not programming. I could write
excellent code to accept or generate Google's SOAP. The programming
is incidental, what matters is what Fred Brooks calls essence.
> Of course there are other factors, such as hype (an XML-enabled
> app is nowhere near as hypable as a SOAP-enabled app these days)
The first that comes to my mind about SOAP these days is
'groupthink'. For and against it.
Bill de hÓra
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