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   Re: [xml-dev] What Does SOAP/WS Do that A REST System Can't?

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> SOAP vs. REST is rich vs. reach. The
> question is do I want a richer, more fully featured web service
> interface(SOAP + WSDL) that is supported on a handful of tools and
> platforms or a less featureful web service interface(REST/POX) that is
> supported in a majority of tools and platforms? 

The question is do I want a richer more, fully featured car that is 
supported by a handful of roads and repair shops, or a less featureful 
car that is supported by a majority of roads and repair shops?

Especially considering that that the more featureful car only costs 
about ten times as much and gives you such useful features as being able 
to run on diesel and regular gasoline?

> If every platform had excellent support for SOAP+WSDL including the
> monster that is XSD, then we wouldn't be having this debate. 

Wrong. SOAP's broken by design. Even if every platform supported it 
perfectly, REST would still when in the end.

 > This is the
> same way railing against Javascript-based websites became passe once
> Firefox cloned a bunch of the IE-specific APIs and Google started using
> them to build their newer websites. 

Wrong again. JavaScript's still evil, though perhaps marginally less so 
in browsers where it can't be used to bombard the user with pop-ups and 

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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