Monthly Archives: October 2002

Web services aren’t about exposing objects

It’s good to see Edwin agreeing with Steve Vinoski about how distributed systems are not as simple as just exposing object APIs through SOAP. I especially like this bit; “We should think of it as email for business applications”. Yes! But email is fairly limited; we can do better than just “add this message to… Read More »

Predicting the Death of Web services

I should probably have done this long ago for the record, but there’s no better time than the present. This was prompted by a couple of comments I’ve seen recently saying “Web services are here to stay!”. Bzzt! Web services will be considered an utter failure by the industry by the end of 2004. The… Read More »

SOA What?

I’ve seen the phrase “Service Oriented Architecture” (SOA) thrown about by so many people recently, and every time I see it, I cringe. As near as I can tell, it’s being used by Web services folks to mean simply “a service available over the Internet”, which AFAIK includes email, FTP, the Web, IRC. Really, what… Read More »