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   RE: [xml-dev] Web Services - what is the alternative? (was TAG onHLink)

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9/25/2002 10:15:16 PM, "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com> wrote:

>If you want RPC, there are lots of options.  The Web never had to enter
>into that equation, and so far as I can tell, contributes absolutely

Anne Thomas Manes has given a very eloquent answer to than question at

"People have been trying to do
application-to-application communication for years. We'd solved a lot of the
really gnarly problems in a corporate environment using CORBA and DCOM,
although we still hadn't managed to solve the language- and platform-neutral
issue, or the pervasiveness issue. And scalability was still giving us some
trouble ...

Then along came the Web. The Web solve a number of problems that have been a
thorn in the side of SOA since the beginning. Web protocols are pervasive.
DNS scales...

Then along can XML. Wow! XML totally solves the language- and platform
neutral problem....

The early Web services efforts were driven more by enthusiam than by
architecture. ...  It's time to spend some
time ironing out an architecture that properly exploits the advantages of
all three systems: SOA, XML, and the Web."


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