[XML-SIG] Curiouser and curiouser

Uche Ogbuji uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com
Mon, 07 May 2001 17:16:34 -0600

Quote from anonymous source in http://xmlhack.com/read.php?item=1203

"The charter of the XML Protocols WG isn't to invent anything new."

I don't know how solid this particular source is, but this comment would seem to support Rich Salz's position in our debate from last week.

However, one of the secret weapons I had in that debate was that I'd happened to attend the W3C Web Services workshop last month, and I can certainly say the the above quote completely contradicts every sense I got from that meeting.

I think the politics of XML protocols and Web services will be white hot.  It might even be a bloodier battlefield than the notorious XML Schemas.  The camps appear to be roughly:

* Just use SOAP as-is and rubber-stamp WSDL and UDDI to boot (the camp that seems to be represented in the above quote)
* Take the good parts of SOAP, mix in a bit of "transactions" here, a dash of PKI there, a smidgen of EAI voodoo, and...
* This is EDI + Internet transport + XML payload + semantic Web, folks: quit reinventing wheels (the camp I occupy)

I think I can say from first hand that all camps have powerful adherents.

Don't ask me what the hell this means for Python efforts...

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