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

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Perhaps a better analogy:  trying to turn a 
sailboat against a strong wind risks snapping 
the tiller.  The SOAP boat has sailed fully loaded 
and a slip in schedule is better than swamping.
If the ship is indeed "Coming about!" it is wiser to 
duck rather than risk decapitation.  That tactic 
worked when the HTMLers wanted none of SGML.  So 
it had to be renamed and they had to believe the 
ideas were their ideas.  Whatever: the payload 
arrived safely at its destination.

The folks I know who are working with SOAP are thrilled 
down to the socks in their bellbottoms.  If IBM and 
BEA are offering comparable functionality to .NET, 
the odds of turning the boat around soon aren't terribly good.



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