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   Re: [xml-dev] SOAP and the Web

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Hi Didier,

On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 02:50:01PM -0400, Didier PH Martin wrote:
> a) Amounts of available money to experiment. Just remember how much money
> has been invested in the web.

The Web exhibited its infamous growth curve long before any money was
behind it.


> Sorry to kill illusions with a such utilitarian approach.

Nice try, but no cigar. 8-)

There's simple, though non-obvious reasons why the common use of SOAP
will never see this type of growth.  Primarily, it's because the a
priori contract that is present between a SOAP sender and a SOAP
receiver is insufficient to generate any network effects.  HTTP provides
a much richer contract.  And for that matter, so does FTP, SMTP, and
every other application protocol in existence.

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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