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   RE: [xml-dev] SOAP and the Web

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.org] 
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.

Can you substantiate that claim?

And why would business programming (read: middleware) ever require the
growth curves of a mass medium?

Bill de hOra


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