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And Shirkey sounds a note I've heard a lot over the last twenty years:
"Just because it's possible to adopt the same data standard as your competition, and just because that's better for the market as a whole, doesn't mean it's better for you."
What legitimizes a choice of the greatest good for
the greatest number if it means telling your stockholders
what you are about to do is fiscally irresponsible, and
you are turning your back on your legally bound commitments?
Not simple, or attractive, but that is the difference between academia and
business. It is always easy to declare a restaurant "non-smoking"
when it is first opened; doing it later usually requires one to
close it first.
The danger is not REST or SOAP and RPC. It is continuing a
fracas so contentious that work on specs just about to be
ready stops or is slowed to the point that other organizations
are forced or delighted to step in and seize the day. While I
do not contest the technical positions of the REST supporters,
they have a cleaver and are using it on themselves when it would
be much more effective to simply step aside and let the juggernaut
go its own way. The loser here is not the Web; it won't change.
It is the W3C because this has every chance of making it irrelevant.
There is a difference between education and proselytizing.