The publish/subscribe Internet

If Web services were just "CORBA with angle brackets," there would be nothing revolutionary about the idea. Don't get me wrong, remote procedure calls over the Internet -- using HTTP as a universal transport and XML as a universal data representation -- beat the pants off CORBA, RMI (Remote Method Invocation), and DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model). I never accomplished much with those earlier technologies. Using XML-RPC and then SOAP, I've cooked up simple but useful applications based on a witch's brew of operating systems, application servers, and scripting languages. So I'm the last guy to kick sand in the face of SOAP as an RPC protocol. It's easy, universal, and productive. What's not to like? [Full story at]

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