Andy Longshaw

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I was recently sketching out an overview of Web services for a colleague, including SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL. After a few minutes he came to the conclusion, "Ah, it's like CORBA, but using XML and HTTP." While this may have reflected the paucity of my description, it did seem to echo the opinions I heard "on the ground" talking to developers who are exposed to a variety of messages about Web services. Some dangerous assumptions are being made about Web services. This is partly due to the origins of some of the technologies involved and partly to the hy-perbole surrounding this new movement in the creation of distributed systems. Even discounting any blue sky gazing about "smart" Web services, here I consider what type of application can actually be built with the Web service technologies available today. Exploding the RPC Myth Human beings like to compartmentalize thing... (more)