The inexorable logic of Web services sets aside APIs in favor of protocols. XML messages flowing through the pipes enact those protocols. Anyone with authorized access to that plumbing will be able to monitor and inject messages quite easily, and everyone will know that's true. If B or S or V can't unclog the pipes, we'll elect Harry Tuttle, and he'll do it without even getting his hands dirty. [Full story at InfoWorld.com]
This was the 35th weekly column I've written for InfoWorld, and it might be my favorite one so far.
PS: There is still time for certain value-added reseller, V, to save me (and hundreds of other customers) the trouble of manually transferring records from bank B to service-provider S. But in a few weeks, the music will stop.
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