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On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 11:28:33AM -0500, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> As far as I can tell, all the major tool vendors also support
> the REST architecture. What the pushback is is that for the
> programmer, it is harder to code REST. Again, REST requires
> discipline and SOAP requires a toolkit. Given that, SOAP
> will win because the payoffs start immediately and REST is
> sort of a deferred gratification based on predictable interfaces.
That discipline isn't gratuitous, it's to enable ad hoc communication
over a network between uncoordinated parties. Without the discipline,
you lose that. Which is why we've seen public Web services deployed on
the Internet "blossom" from 35 to 165 in about a year;
This use of SOAP *cannot* win, no matter how much developers like it, or
how much hype it receives.
Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA. firstname.lastname@example.org