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

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9/25/2002 11:11:04 PM, Rob Griffin <Rob.Griffin@oz.quest.com> wrote:

>   providers assume
>  that investing in Web Services will pay off in the long run because
>  Microsoft is behind it.

Sigh.  I also see things like http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6672
"the simple fact that two software giants [MS and IBM] agree on them 
[the WS-* specifications] makes them  all-but-guaranteed to succeed."

I was one of the people who invested lots of time/money in OS/2 during 
1988-199? because "the simple fact that two software giants agree on it
makes [it] all-but-guaranteed to succeed."  :-)

Those aspects of Web services that actually work, interoperate, scale, and
deliver value to their users will succeed.  The rest will reside on the 
Island of Forgotten Software, somewhere in the River Styx, for all eternity.


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