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Yes, they have a lot of impact. But quit characterizing
it as a battle. This isn't us vs them. This is two
different architectures being supported and spec'd by
groups with overlapping members. Both the business
arguments and the technical arguments have to be
understood because they are not separable realistically.
It must be clarified because the technical community oversells
just as much as the business community. In the middle are
information owners and they impact both groups. Note
that GAO owner advising a wait and see approach to XML
in e-gov. They are saying "not ready for prime time".
Understanding their objections points to what is important
to both the technical and the business community.
AFAICT, one set of interests does not prevail here and
if it does, the XML community at large is the loser.
Pick your battles. SOAP can go right on doing what it does
and REST is none the poorer for it. The danger, and this
is real, is if a group such as the TAG begins to architect
in such a fashion as to make XML or any other shared technology
favor one architecture or the other. At that point, yes,
there will be battles with real consequences.
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I'm not entirely sure that developing technical arguments to battle what
seem to be pretty purely business impulses is worthwhile. How sharp do
the arguments need to be when the Web Services side is flaunting its
bulldozers? I guess I wish I had a little more faith in the
institutions supporting XML activity.