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   Re: [xml-dev] SOAP and the Web

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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.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com


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