Sometimes I see signs of smart folks figuring out how to do Web services properly, and I feel a glimmer of hope that the industry may not be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars with SOAP and WSDL. Then I see stuff like this, and I realize, nope, it’s going to hell – specifically this part;

Bergandi: With a wizard-based environment within the SOAPswitch. The SOAPswitch itself has self-discovery capabilities. It has the ability to, in the example I gave you, inquire into the metadata of what the Siebel system looks like; discover what business objects are available and what methods are available against those business objects; and then, based upon that, in a very, very simple way, generate all the SOAP that’s required for communication.

Internet-scale distributed computing just ain’t that easy, folks, sorry.


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