Monthly Archives: August 2003

More on Web services and distributed objects

I wanted to respond to some of the detail in Werner’s article, in addition to ranting about how document exchange was state transfer. So here goes … The first statement that really gave me pause was this; The goal of web services is to enable machine-to-machine communication at the same scale and using the same… Read More »

Document misconceptions

Werner posted an article he wrote for IEEE Internet Computing titled Web Services are not Distributed Objects: Common Misconceptions about Service Oriented Architectures. That article is very well written, and Werner makes his point loud and clear as always … but ultimately, it makes some of the same misconceptions as so many others have before… Read More »

Rendezvous vs. LLMNR

I’ve recently been coming up to speed on the whole Zeroconf space. Boy, what a mess. Earlier this summer it seems, the WG decided to go with a Microsoft lead approach to multicast name resolution, called LLMNR. This was in constrast to Apple’s similar and existing work on Rendezvous, which they published in both spec… Read More »

SOAPAction revisited

Every day, I get somewhere around 20 hits for the SOAP media type registration draft, referred from an old O’Reilly weblog entry of mine on SOAPAction. It turns out that this article is the first result returned when Googling for “SOAPAction”. I feel a bit bad about this, because I only recently realized that the… Read More »

Media type registration, decentralization, and RDF

Mark Nottingham suggests the W3C should take it upon themselves to clean up the media type registration process. I sort of concur, in that the official registration procedure doesn’t explain in sufficient detail how the burden of managing the timeline is entirely registrant-driven. This caused lots of delay during the registration of RFC 3236. But… Read More »

HTTP Performs

Mark Nottingham slaughters another sacred cow. My rule of thumb has always been that if you can afford to use TCP, you can afford to use HTTP.

Ted Leung responds

Ted Leung – whose weblog I just subscribed to a couple of weeks ago and I enjoy reading immensely – just commented on my blog about Adam Bosworth. First off, I want to be clear that I wasn’t “taking Adam to task”. I was just honestly excited to see that he appeared to closing in… Read More »


Kudos to Aaron; XML’s deterministic failure model is broken. I agree 100%. Another sacred cow bites the dust.

Self-description, redux

Kudos to Kendall Clark for stating XML is Not Self-Describing, as I did last month. He writes; Well, I’ve read too much Wittgenstein (not to mention too much Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and Julian of Norwich) to think that a name is necessarily a self-description I haven’t read them at all (8-), but I think I… Read More »

Adam Bosworth is about to grok the Web

Adam Bosworth sort of lays out some requirements for a “Web services browser”. It’s really funny for me to read this, because I was struggling with exactly these same questions back in 1996 or so, coming from some seriously hard-core CORBA work, but while also being a big fan of what we called the “Universal… Read More »