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'"Because all of the web services elements are represented in the kind
of diagram business users see in PowerPoint presentations, they can
understand and have input into the development process," says the
report. Quoting verbatim from the VisualScript website, it continues:
"'In fact, using the developer's scripted symbols, a business manager
will be able to quickly sketch a familiar business process in
VisualScript — automatically composing a script to drive the BizTalk
server — without actually understanding XML.''
Of course, the dangers inherent in such a design process are evident to
anyone who's glanced at this week's New York Times magazine story,
Powerpoint makes you dumb' ...
If that's what Powerpoint can do to data, imagine what havoc it could
wreak with process. "Programming a distributed, heterogeneous web
service stack with business logic spread across the network isn't
simple," warned Jeff Schneider this week. '