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 distributed system is not about services?

If marketing buzzwords are going to make it into technical discussion, please make sure they’re not no-ops.

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