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   Re: [xml-dev] What does SOAP really add?

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From a REST POV, SOAP adds this;

- mandatory extension mechanism (previously seen in PEP[1] and
RFC 2774[2])
- well defined intermediary model (previously seen in PEP[1], and to a
lesser extent, HTTP 1.1)
- XML syntax for the above

Nothing to sneeze at, but given that hardly anybody takes advantage of
these features, the true value of SOAP will never be realized.  IMO,
developers will consider it a failure long before they recognize what
it's really good at.

 [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-http-pep
 [2] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2774.txt

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com


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